SWALLOW THE SUN, “New Moon” (Spinefarm)✰✰✰✰
Mikko Kotamäki’s work ethic certainly can’t be questioned, nor can his emotional bloodletting, which he lets flow forth on Swallow the Sun’s fourth record “New Moon” (hold the lame-o vampire quips, please).
Swallow the Sun have been solid citizens ever since their 2003 debut that mixed horrific death and doom heartache. “New Moon” finds the band a bit more atmospheric and certainly as melodic as they’ve ever been, sending you wailing toward your absinthe and tissues on eight epics, the best of which are “Sleepless Swans,” “Lights on the Lake (Horror Pt. III)” featuring lovely guest vocals from Trees of Eternity’s Aleah, and “Falling World,” where Kotamäki laments, “Wish I could end this all today.” (Brian Krasman)
SWALLOW THE SUN, New Moon: (FONINT5414 / 602527195414 / C14) Available Now!