The Seventh Sun
Review by Denis on November 26, 2002.
I became very interested with Post Black Metal bands when I first heard The Kovenant' "In Times Before The Light". This was a revelation for me. The story went on with Limbonic Art' "The Ultimate Death Worship". Now the Switzerland answer to this movement is the outstanding debut from Meridian. Thanks to Season of Mist for signing such a good band and giving us the chance to discover these extremely talented musicians. Don't feel bad all of you people and artists from Norway but hey you can't have them all!
To give you an idea of these guys' talents, all it took them to be drafted by Season of Mist is a MCD called "Daydream in the Postdementia Millennium" released in 2000. Being a young band formed in 1999 by M.T Random (drums), Paris (vocals) and Drakon (guitars). The last member to join the team was Arwan (keyboard). “The Seventh Sun” was recorded at the Sound Suite Studio and the producer is no one else than Terje Refnes well known for his work with Tristania and The Sins Of Thy Beloved. A special contribution for the vocals parts were done by Jack D Ripper from Morgul.
This album knocked me out right from the start. The more I listened to it, the better it got. First impression is: good stuff, easily turning to: great and ultimately growing on you to the point of becoming simply: Awsome! I hardly ever heard such a good debut album. You get the feeling that these guys have been playing together for ages and that their machine is tuned up to a perfect sound harmony. The production work is, as always with Mr. Refnes, just perfect. His touch is recognizable and remarkable.
Nine tracks of brilliant Post Black Metal is what this album is made off. While the basic elements of Black Metal remain intact with the fast instruments and precise executions, great riffs, creepy voices and so on, Meridian spiced it up with tasty additions. It can be felt throughout the compositions by way of grandiose keyboard partitions, vocal effects, progressive turns, slower and melodic passages and generally speaking, a magnificent aura sparkling with all its vibrant colors blessing their imaginative musical structures. Add to this walls of guitar partitions, frequent shift of modes and musical directions. Meridian has been able to put together the aggressiveness and raw power of Black Metal standards with the complexity of Progressive arrangements linked by melodic interludes in an overall Avant-garde landscape. Quite a breathtaking sonic experience has been created.
But I think there's a catch to this. These guys must be some old timers re-united and using nicknames to remain undercovered. It's too good to be true. No way this can be from a new band made of unknown new musicians. Maybe somebody out there can help me solve this mystery.
Bottom Line: Old timers or pure young genius minds?
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Rating: 9.4 out of 10