Storm Season Import
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"Nightside of Eden" might be one of the heaviest songs they've done, it contains menacing metal riffs underneath Sylvia Erichsen's powerful vocals, but of course lets up for calmer and more symphonic transitions. The title track has very creepy, ghostly echoed (not really echoed, but electronically manipulated, can't really describe it) vocal melodies and subtle, eerie flute playing, illustrating the album cover and inside artwork very well (which is very well done and much different from their other releases). "Endless Science" is the one song that sounds like it would fit perfectly on "Ex Tenebris," in fact the acoustic playing sounds very similar to a song on it. This song has an extremely joyful touch unlike the other songs and has prominent mellotron and a bit of violins.
This was a very satisfying release for me and I personally liked it right away, some fans might not like it right away because it is quite different, some might not like it much at all. If you're new to white willow, I'd probably recommend "Sacrament" first, unless you'd like the heavier stuff better. If this is your first White willow, don't pass up the rest of their albums! Other similar bands I recommend: Anglagard, Paatos, and Caprice.
_Storm Season_'s aural moods are darker than the relatively 'light' previous album. In terms of arrangements, there are more heavy guitars but also more mellotrons/synths than before. Otherwise, the band continues to hone its unique epic, emotional folk-symph-prog amalgam. The lineup is a bit different this time, with cello and more synths added to the rock band + synths and flute core. Vocalist Sylvia Erichsen sings far less sweetly, adding credence to the band's descent into dark heaviness. The production is characteristically pristine but this time the mix was handled by Alan Douches, who has done mixes for bands as varied as Dillinger Escape Plan and Yes. Although the music isn't really anything I would consider _heavy_, the heavily distorted guitars and chugging metal riffs ("Soulburn") bring a few important elements to the music. Holm-Lupo now has more of a scale on which to explore his already poignant deployment of dynamics. The heavier sound adds emotional emphasis to the flow of the album, and makes some of the progginess of White Willow seem downright angry.Read more ›
The folky flute intro of "Chemical Sunset" is perhpas the only noticeable characteristic on the CD that could be linked with the band's more acoustic folky past. Brimming with Erichsen's sweet vocals and a blend of strings, the song boasts both sublime moody passages and elaborate unison solos. The ending sees a pronounced drum attack around which an eerie synth lead and guitar crescendo are built. From here on, the album, being a concept piece, retreats to a more sombre territory, introducing the story of Sally, the main character, in the brooding "Sally Left". Though all White Willow songs carry a distinct darkness to them, this one is imbued with utter despair. It mixes subtle sound effects into a textured, Mellotron-based song that also contains a vital cello motif in its framework. Holm-Lupo's acoustic guitar recalls Landberk while the ghostly voice of Teresa Aslanian lends credence to the dark lyrics. The Floydian guitar solo at the end is spine-chilling due to its weird harmonic structure and it complements the flow perfectly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This 2004 release by Norwegian outfit White Willow is very enjoyable and continues with their particular blend of indie rock and the darker side of 1970s progressive. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Jeffrey J.Park
White Willow introduced me to Norwegian Prog. Amazing musicianship, and compositions to take you to Norway via the cosmos. Great use of the trusty old Mellotron.Published on October 12, 2013 by Jan A. Henderson
First off I love the artwork on the cover of this album. It fits the contents of the album perfectly, and is just plain cool. Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Steven Sly
This is a hauntingly beautiful, yet dark, rock album with lots of textures. It takes a few listens to get into, but it's a very rewarding experience. Read morePublished on March 8, 2006 by David Lusher
Although I think it is great the band have progressed from their last album (which I feel to be better), I don't agree with how they have progressed. Read morePublished on September 20, 2005 by C. Rogers