Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Arctic Sleep - Passage Of Gaia

Sometimes you have those albums and bands that sound completely different that you expect them to be. I can surely add Arctic Sleep to that list. Because of the artwork, band and album name, I expected it to sound a little bit like Wintersun. I was completely wrong. The sound, which is a mixture between atmospheric metal with some rock parts, in a mixture of some progressive here and there with a classical cherry on top, and I must say, it is a joy to listen to.

I did some digging, and to my complete surprise, it is a two man band! Musical genius Keith D. did the guitars, bass, drums, keys, the vocals and sometimes even the cello. Mike Gussis adds his parts of guitar shredding and there we have Arctic Sleep. Starring as guest vocalist, we have Emily Jancetic adding her gorgeous voice to this amazing album.

This is a pure pearl and it blew me away. Passage Of Gaia is almost an hour long of the most incredible atmospheric metal I have heard in a long long time. Dim the lights in the house, sit down with a fine drink, crank up the volume, close your eyes and enjoy.

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