"Into The Depths Of Sorrow"... the debut of Texan SOLITUDE AETURNUS conquered the Doom Metal-fans by storm, because they offered us something (in 1990) that back then only CANDLEMASS had been doing.
They didn't follow the classical Doom-alley marked by bands like ST.VITUS, OBSESSED and co., but chose a very epic, melodic and varied variant, which from then on had been labelled as Epic Power Doom. This implies that they do not rely on pure slow-motion only, but cleverly integrate breaks and faster passages, giving the songs dynamics that many related bands seemingly do not even know that exist.
After the intro "Dawn Of Antiquity (A Return To Despair)" "Opaque Divinity" shows, what SOLITUDE AETURNUS are all about: Metal, deeply rooted within Doom, with grand melody-arches, loosened up by mid-paced, sometimes even double-bass-driven passages and over it all the truly majestic vocals of Robert Lowe, whose high, but never unnerving voice oozes of a power that you'll find only once in a million!
Basically there is not a single filler on this album: "Transcending Sentinels" convinces by its long acoustic intro with a few atmospheric keyboards in the background before rising in to powerful and melodic Doom, which you can clearly identify as SOLITUDE AETURNUS, while "Dream Of Immortality" could almost be described as progressive, a very good riff-frame is underlaid with a variable rhythm and the band always is managing not to stay in one tempo for too long, but yet never loses the dynamic flow within the song.
While "Destiny Falls To Ruin" shows all facets of the SOLITUDE AETURNUS-sound, "White Ship" is most probably the heaviest track, borne by a brilliant melody the Texans unleash fat mid-tempo-double-bass in the middle, driving the song along, before "Mirror Of Sorrow" offers us the mist doomy feeling, very slow, but those melodies... And "Where Angels Dare To Tread" is another titbit, standing knee-deep in Doom, but still a bit faster than the track before.
With this debut SOLITUDE AETURNUS more or less have redefined the genre of Doom Metal, with a sound that should not only appeal the die-hard-Doomsters, but also Progressive and Power Metal-fans, because the variety that this band has to offer is just excellent and the vocals are nothing short of divine!
Robert Lowe - vocals (Candlemass, Last Chapter)
John Perez - guitars
Lyle Steadham –bass
Edgar Rivera – guitars
John Covington - drums
1 Dawn of Antiquity (A Return to Despair) 1:02
2 Opaque Divinity 6:24
3 Transcending Sentinels 7:34
4 Dream of Immortality 7:52
5 Destiny Falls to Ruin 5:05
6 White Ship 6:10
7 Mirror of Sorrow 7:36
8 Where Angels Dare to Tread 5:56
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