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Sorrowful Land - Where The Sullen Waters Flow Award winner

Sorrowful Land
Where The Sullen Waters Flow
by JOGANEGAR at 21 February 2018, 6:58 AM

One can hardly imagine a more suitable environment for Doom Metal than the situations and places described in the different expressions of Ukrainian art, usually confused and included in the Russian spectrum, this nation has been a proud counterpart to one of the two countries involved in the cold war during the second part of the twentieth century. After enduring their difference throughout history, Ukraine has managed to maintain its own identity in everything they produce and Doom Metal is not the exception.

After his first full length album released in the year of two thousand sixteen, the one man band engineered by Max Molodtsov, SORROWFUL LAND releases its second EP called “Where the Sudden Waters Flow”, a three song sample of what will be the multi instrumentalist’s second album; A compliance of structural form that demands a high grade of musical engineering and tonal construction to go along with the whole concept.

The three songs in this EP are long and tortuous just like the Ukrainian winter, and the gloomy and nightmarish ambient goes along with the flow of such great bands of the genre such as “THE GATHERING” and “DARK TRANQUILITY” with a proficient production method to go with the mental structure that comes only after mankind is deprived of concepts such as religion and science and only after it acquires the true insignificance and frailty of existence, then and only then can one envision a work of musical creativity and appreciate the essence of a band like SORROWFUL LAND and the fact that all its efforts and outcomes are provided by only one mind working in harmony and balance with itself.

Whenever the mind gets involved in any sort of turmoil, the whole psyche envisions various ways into which defeat and failure can become the only option, for it is of course easier to embrace failure without even trying to get a favorable consequence, that is to me the importance of a sub-genre like Doom Metal and its influence on the Metal Temple and all the different kinds of practitioners that attend it to find music and within it meaning and essence. A matter of deep thought that some seek to find and others to elude whenever listening to music.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 10

4 Star Rating

1. As I Behold Them Once Again
2. Where the Sullen Waters Flow
3. The Night is Darkening around Me
Max Molodtsov - All Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming
Record Label: Solitude Productions


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