Review by JD on August 12, 2018.
Well, the band April Weeps pops up for me again, after five years of a wait. I gave this Slovakia based band a perfect score on their first full studio release, and never once was sorry that I had given it such a heightened mark. Hell!!, I still play that album (Outer Calm, Pain Within) on a regular basis. Crossing prog doom/gothic and some folk metal, this band gives you many faces to see.
I am excited, and nervous to see what this seven-piece act has to offer up me this time around. The nervousness comes from wondering if they going to end up blowing me away again with this CD- or were they were going to fall flat on their faces with their sophomore album like so many have in the past? April Weeps… don’t let me down.
Diving in, I found one thing… the production is better than last time. Crystal clear and heavy as fuck… love it. Songs like ‘A way of the mind’ and the powerful yet catchy ‘Rain’ captivate. The interplay between growled male and female melodic vocals set the table for a feast of metal per potions, while the music is the main course – feeding you heaviness, passion and amazing lyrics round out the experience. Truly a fine album from a band that is connected as one, ready to show the world.
Only drawback is that the male growl vocals sometime get lost in the richness of the instruments and the female vocals cover it up as well… but that is the only glitch I could say. April Weeps are on a path to be one of the go to bands and the next album will be stellar, I believe. Buy this album and let yourself get immersed in musical storytelling at its best.
Rating: 9.7 out of 10