Contemplations

by Soliloquium

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skekMal 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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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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Track Name: Chains
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
Track Name: Catharsis
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
Track Name: 22
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
Track Name: Unfulfilling Prophecy
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
Track Name: For the Accursed
Our joy and tears
Our depleted hearts
I arrive bearing colours
A light for us who never saw
Track Name: In Affect
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
Track Name: Wanderlust
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

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