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Album Review: Pale Season by Thenighttimeproject

Swedish melancholic progressive rock supergroup Thenighttimeproject release their second album Pale Season on 28th June via Debemur Morti Productions.

The Swedish quartet include Fredrik (guitars) and Mattias Norrman (bass), who spent fifteen years in Katatonia, and are now also active in October Tide. Guitar/vocalist Alexander Backlund and drummer Jonas Sköld are also in Letters From The Colony (Nuclear Blast Records).

The album title – despite what some might think – does not refer to the eight out of twelve months where the weather in Sweden is a signature grey. Instead, it refers to those less-colourful patches of memory – years that fly by without anything spectacular happening, which pale in comparison to the vividness of one’s childhood or the early days of romance.

Fredrik Norrman comments “I’m very pleased to finally be able to give some info over what we’ve been doing the past year. This is easily one of the best albums I’ve ever been part of. Very proud of what we’ve managed to achieve.”

It’s a surprisingly good album. The melodies and emotionally sombre melancholy lend itself to a compelling listen. Sure, it won’t be considered one of the most exciting albums of 2019, but there’s a real emotional weight behind every intricate turn that ends up sucking you in.

It’s one of those albums that should be listened to as a complete album – each track segues perfectly into the next and that heaving mass of emotion connects with the listener and you fall in love. Touches of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Anathema, Katatonia and A Perfect Circle combine to create a record that is sublime in its understatedness. Get this in your ears.

AD Rating 8/10

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