Sunday, June 19, 2011
CD Review: The Metamorphosis Melody by Midnattsol
The Metamorphosis Melody marks an evolution in Midnattsol's sound. From the get-go, with the title track, we are treated to a jumpier version of Midnattsol, and as we journey through the CD, the listener hears a lot of symphonic, and, to my ear, progressive, elements. The songs are more complex than in previous offerings, and they are more upbeat and almost power metal-ish in nature. The compositions are terrific and at times pretty frakking rollicking. This is their fastest album yet, and I loved that about it.
Lyrically, this is all over the place: there are fantasy themes, environmental themes, and songs about personal development, as well as the typical Gothic-y loneliness/sadness stuff. There are two songs sung in Carmen's native tongue, Norwegian, and there is a bonus track out there that is growled.
Standout songs for me are "The Metamorphosis Melody", "Kong Valemons Kamp," "Spellbound" and the acoustic ballad, "Goodbye."
Anyway, apart from that, the album is strong and I hope it launches Midnattsol into something grand!