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Somnent – ‘Gardens From Graves’

GS Productions
Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Draconian, Swallow The Sun
Release Date
October 25, 2021
GS Productions
Doom/Death Metal

Florida… for norms, it is a holiday destination for families desperate to catch a glimpse of Mickey Mouse. For metalheads, it is a Mecca of death metal, and it is no surprise that Somnent have crawled their way from the Everglade swamps once more to release ‘Gardens from Graves’, their second album of death/doom.

                Somnent is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, Giovanni A. Vigliotti who enters the breach solo by playing every instrument heard on ‘Gardens…’. This gives Vigliotti full creative control as he sets out his canvas, adding his colours as he pleases to creates the shades and contrasts needed to give death/doom the integrity it deserves. This means that ‘Gardens…’ hums with the integrity of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Katatonia as the albums brings its melancholy to the forefront. However, the production of ‘Gardens…’ is rather a little restrained and maybe even ‘tame’ in parts and it is actually this which actually holds this album back. Had this album had the big backing of some of the European labels who know how to get the best out of this sound, then ‘Gardens…’ would sound sonically crushing.

                It is not all about the production and Somnent have got something really, really good here and since winter is coming, what a better way to get in the mood than with a heavy dose of melancholic death/doom.

"Somnent have got something really, really good here"

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