Contemplations

by Soliloquium

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Kahinat It's how the death/doom metal should sound. Favorite track: Wanderlust.
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beavisemojihere It's very atmospheric, the guitar work is absolutely perfect! Favorite track: In Affect.
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~V~ An omnipresent free fall into a rolling dark emptiness that holds the listener down as they traverse a disappearing landscape of introspective reflection of fleeting moments lost. The acoustic imagery plays like stalactites dripping notes that fall to an unseen end, the vocals echo off chasm walls to chillingly mirror you own thoughts while the burden of the bass, drums and crushing guitars push you faster to what you know will be the sundering of hope once the fall ends. You are alone in this Favorite track: Wanderlust.
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1.
Chains 08:55
Chemical imbalance and its furious thrusts The price I wouldn't pay for a moment of calm A strong will confined in a withering shape Kicking and screaming perpetually Many thoughts, many seasons passed Countless hours spent in turmoil Beyond the inner twists, what truly remains of me? Is peace only found in the endgame? Even lazy summer days are filled with abstract need In endless search for what's missing beneath A creeping sense of desperation The twisted faces in the periphery A reluctant smile, facade of the unseen Spiraling thoughts of what could have been The intoxicating moments when I gaze into a world of colours This flicker of life is a haven, yet the ultimate of insults Nothing remains of intuition and instinct, core and essence I am but a machine, the martyr of my own creation At the heart of what could have been In light of what I've become I feel betrayed The glimmering surface is rid with holes
2.
Catharsis 05:02
Did you choose to walk away, yet never strayed? Did you see the pristine, beyond the passing hours? Did your mind stray to the horizon? Was it a disorder to dream? There's no moment to dwell in, only what lingers ahead The treacherous footprints of a wanderer's path There's always another flicker in the distance A promise of something more Small things, distractions in the periphery The crippling weight of longing Insatiable remnant of the past Eyes to the sun, I offer no reply
3.
Streetlights 03:44
4.
22 03:39
The journey grew us weary Voices, but a distant sigh White noise to fetter us A distant echo of goodbyes When was this life even remotely ours to live? The dreams lingering in expecting eyes Did I even ever own the innermost thought and desire? It was nothing, and now it's all over The more I learn The more I wish I knew before Before every score was settled Before my life was lived It's the precious time Never to be returned It's my very essence Gone forlorn
5.
Tired, unispired in pacifying sleep The nine hour surge reveals a deprecated self Arranged a life for watching eyes, weary soul's confine This material construction, a flawed comfort Lifelong disappointments brew below the polished surface In ice cold dependency to a desperate routine Another days deeds perfected, with blood taste upon barren tongue A lethargy of senses for you know tomorrow (will be the same) How can you master the role of a machine? Drone through waking hour with blind belief How can you master the role of a machine? Perfecting the same pattern in monday morning fallacy Eyes set to the task, desensitized Is this your dream? Common monotony An idle overseer of necessary evils Glance no further, the flair of the moment is gone Waking hour, glory askew All that's been lost and won Was it all for show? Was it all for nothing? This monumental sacrifice
6.
Our joy and tears Our depleted hearts I arrive bearing colours A light for us who never saw
7.
In Affect 05:33
Tired conversations with myself, mesh of voices echoing Recurring patterns of declining thought An empty stare, a wandering mind Slave to a rampant pathos, the laments of a weary soul Unbound in pursuit to structure the intangible I am the grave-like silence I am the product of this white noise creation Could never attune to distorted visions An admission of the outcast, the consummate offense I see myself drawn to fire as on film I am the spectator of my own downfall Searched and scoured rituals and empty deeds In spite of my attempts, each vision is one of exit signs No worldly comfort can rest the most active of minds
8.
Wanderlust 08:57
Creeping forth are images distorted by time nights of youthful glory, the defining moments as a fading gallery of someone else's life The world's beauty elevated from this mire of concrete The cold stares of this wretched city, I am all this madness amplified As the story fades Dearest memory to remnant of grey What was once all, now the weakening life source I'm a passenger, an ember of a different time Has it all been said and done? Have we conceded to what's been lost and won? In my mind I still roam, radiant and pure Desperate to find a way to dream again

about

Second full-length by Swedish doom metal band Soliloquium. "Contemplations" was once again produced by Mike Watts, who also handles the drums and electronics this time around.

As for the sound of Contemplations generally, expect a more varied, less standard death/doom metal offering from Soliloquium. Don’t worry though. The Stockholm darkness will still be highly present. Fill the void of the Katatonia hiatus!

“Soliloquium nimbly guide the listener through a progression of moods that reveals the depth and sophistication of the band’s emotional intuition.”
www.invisibleoranges.com/soliloquium-chains/

“Sounding more like a band with 10 albums in their past, it’s amazing that this is only Soliloquium’s 2nd. It’s an incredible effort.” [9.5/10]
gbhbl.com/album-review-soliloquium-contemplations-transcending-records/

“The gloomy, Katatonia-esque riffing is dead-on and helps to pull you into the mood at any given moment, and the band’s switch-ups from heavier riffing to more melancholic melodies keep the listener enamored with the amount of layering and textures.”
deadrhetoric.com/randomness/album-stream-soliloquiums-contemplations/

“They take the power of death metal and give a punch to the mourning atmosphere of doom. If you miss Opeth on ‘Orchid’ then this is worth your time.” [9/10]
abysmalhymns.blogspot.se/2018/04/soliloquium-contemplations.html

“Another great sounding recording from Soliloquium and if you are a fan of melodic doom/death metal, you should check out this album.”
hatredmeanswar2.blogspot.com/2018/05/soliloquiumcontemplationstranscending.html

credits

released June 1, 2018

Stefan Nordström - guitars, vocals
Jonas Bergkvist - bass
Mike Watts - drums, electronics
Mikko Heikkilä - guest vocals on "Chains" and "In Affect"

Mixed and mastered by Mike Watts
Album art by Luciferian War Graphics

Music written by Stefan Nordström

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Soliloquium Sweden

Soliloquium is a swedish death/doom metal band started in 2011. Our main influences are Katatonia, Anathema, Paradise Lost and October Tide. Soliloquium has grown from a side project to a full fledged band, and our musical horizons are expanding beyond death/doom.

The third full-length album "Things We Leave Behind" is out 16 March 2020 on Naturmacht Productions/Rain Without End Records!
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