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Severance - Thresholds (2017) - Review

Band: Severance
Album title: Thresholds
Release date: 28 February 2017
Label: Deepland Records

Tracklist:
01. At The Doorway
02. The Escapist
03. New Cult
04. The Curse On You
05. Need You Back
06. Believers
07. Asphyxia
08. The Day That The Sun Never Sets
09. The Hallway
10. Shell My Skin
11. The Day That The Sun Never Sets (Two Witches Mix)

Severance is a gothic rock band from Monterrey, Mexico. Formed in 2013 by Rul Delirio (voice, guitar), Carlo “Bam Bam” Vargas (guitar), Hugo “Altered beast” Guerrero (bass) and Marco Soma (drums), they have got a good reception, especially in Latin America. Strongly influenced by the 80s and 90s gothic rock acts, they try to shape their own style adding more influences from different genres like death rock, gothic metal or alternative rock.

Thresholds was released in February through the Brazilian record label Deepland Recods. I have to confess that the first time I listened to a song from them, they didn't convince me but fortunately I give them a second opportunity and it was worth the effort.

The album is characterized by magnificent guitars, the most prominent element of their sound. “The Escapist” is an exceptional gothic rock guitar driven song, clearly influenced by the Spanish band Héroes del Silencio. The single “New Cult” is another example of their style, with a catchy chorus, becoming a dancefloor hit. “Need you back” is possibly the most death rock oriented song of the album, with reminiscences of the masterpiece Only Theatre Of Pain by Christian Death. If you are a Fields Of The Nephilim fan, don’t miss “Asphyxia”, strongly influenced by the wild rhythm of the Nephs song “Phobia”. The album ends with the remix of the Finnish band Two Witches, delivering a more sophisticated sound to the song “The Day That The Sun Never Sets”.

Severance has a promising future in the dark scene, in my opinion they should polish some aspects of their sound: the overall production should be more bombastic and sometimes the voice should be more integrated with the rest of the instruments. Anyway, Thresholds is a really good album. If you are into gothic rock, you shouldn’t miss this band, they perform an outstanding music that will captivate you.

Review written by: Rubén
Rating: 8/10

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Album title: The Seventh Life Path
Release date: 8 May 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Fourteen years. Fourteen years have already passed, since Morten Veland departured from one of the most prominent and praised gothic metal acts of its time, Tristania, and decided to further develop and portray his talent and visions in Sirenia. Whilst the typical melodic, rhythmic and groovy guitar riffing, beautifully combined and enhanced by the use of choirs, powerful orchestrations, delightful piano melodies and stunning Ailyn's clean vocals, counterpoised by Morten's profound growls, still build the core of The Seventh Life Path, its beauty lies in incorporating various elements of different metal styles and thus its explorative, even a bit experimental and pompous nature. The compositions on The Seventh Life Path are yet again very dense and rich, as they ooze strange, strained, sharp, intense, wretched and venomous atmosphere. The divine and darkened harmonies on this album result in an esoteric, edgy, mesmerizing and hellacious album, which at the same time offers a tremendous emotional burdened and at the same time story-telling aestheticism.

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