2. Graveyard Of Secrets
3. Tortures And Nightmares
4. Sky & Earth
6. Um Enigma Envolto Em Mistério
7. The Mountain
8. Painted In Blue
10. Ewige Wiederkunft
Todays offering comes from Santa Catarina, Brazil Death Metallers Sodamned. "The Loneliest Loneliness" (say that 5 times fast) is Sodamneds debut full length album 13 years in the making. Previously the band has released one demo, and a 3-way split.
The Loneliest Loneliness provides the listener with 10 tracks of Death Metal infused with aspects of Black metal, and a small bit of thrash. Admittedly when I began previewing the album for this review, I felt the lead off song "Fear" came off a bit generic, not to say it is a bad song, but it just seems to follow the tried, and true path. I was however, in for a pleasant surprise, this album is loaded with melodies, blistering drums, and changing time signatures that flow well.
Overall the vocals are gutteral, sometimes accompanied by blackened, evil, shrieks, and on a few songs, namely "Graveyard of Secrets", and "Painted In Blue", Regis (vocals) does do some singing ala Peter Steele, showing more range than most of his peers would probably be comfortable with.
The guitars are clean, and often times belting out riffs that show a definite influence of Swedish Death Metal, solos are well done, very enjoyable, but in my opinion too few, and far between. I would have really loved to have been treated to more showcasing of the leads.
The drums are spot on, always in time, and while usually blasting balls to the wall, Lange (Drums) commands the album through time changes beautifully.
In the end, The Loneliest Loneliness is a very good debut, as it should be given the long time existence of Sodamned. Certainly worth a listen, it's a pretty solid album, with a few real gems in the mix.