The third album from symphonic metal band Mare Infinitum takes chances and presses forward: Cryosleep.
Mare Infinitum formed in Moscow in 2010. Their first album came out one year later, Sea of Infinity. They followed up in four years with Alien Monolith God, and since then have been quiet on the recording front. Their musical style of high-production symphonic doom is reinforced and expanded upon with their latest record, Cryosleep, which is sure to become a favorite among their fans.
There are five long tracks on the new album. “Your Final Bow” opens with not just a symphonic presentation, but an operatic one. About a minute in, the music settles into a determined doom gate, and the vocals slide into a deep croaking. Not for long, though – clear, beautiful singing comes on in juxtaposition to the mood established by the other instruments. Guitars and other notable performances get the spotlight in the second half. “The Flight of No Return” offers a storm capture to set the mood before pressing on into a clear, piercing voice that slowly sharpens and clarifies further. In a seven-minute crescendo, the music builds and journeys before returning to the gentle patter of the rain.
“Event Horizon” is mournful and drear, and the doom vocals make another appearance. It is tantalizingly dark. The title track takes the baton and moves the music in a sinister direction. Infinitely patient, the unhurried evocation takes us to the very precipice and encourages the listener to look over the edge. To me, it the most fully realized song on the record. The final movement is “Celestial Escapist,” and it takes off at a vibrant pace. Indeed, it turns almost into a rampage before settling into a moderated stride and an elegant finish. If you like symphonic metal, this music takes it to the limit. Recommended.
Cryosleep is out on Friday, December 16th through Solitude Productions. In the US, Bandcamp is the place to go to listen and buy.
Solitude Productions, https://solitude-prod.com/
© Wayne Edwards