|Review: Solemn Echoes - Into the Depths of Sorrow|
|Into the Depths of Sorrow|
Label: Endless Winter
Year released: 2021
Genre: Funeral Doom
Review online: April 12, 2021
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:Into the Depths of Sorrow
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
Solemn Echoes is a project started by John from the U.S. band Chalice of Suffering and Fabio from Brazil's HellLight. Unsurprisingly, Into the Depths of Sorrow works in a very moody vein of Funeral Doom that should be very familiar to fans of the genre. Melancholic atmosphere, drawn out arrangements, and mournful melodies are what you get with this album, and while none of it is exceptional, it's professionally made and capable of generating enough mood to keep the songs from dragging themselves out.
That said, this is far from perfect. The keyboards are of that plinky variety that sound like they belong in a cheap drama, and they do a good job of ruining the mood when they pop up. However, the vocals do an even better job of this, as they range from a flat intone to a really weak grunt that tries to go for crestfallen but ends up sounding like your friend doing a scary voice while trying not to laugh. These elements get kicked up a notch when the band goes for a big emotional climax, where the swelling, evocative guitar work makes you think they'll pull it off before the silly keyboards and overwrought vocals come in and blow it. Solemn Echoes certainly have the chops to make some affecting music, but until they get better vocals and maybe ditch the keyboards, they'll just keep getting in their own way. Passable.
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