If you just so happen to be looking for something that is angry, destructive and despairing all in the same album, SOL may be the band for you. The Storm Bells Chime is the album that may be playing when the apocalypse comes, and will very well be playing if you succumb to an earlier demise. This album is a droning nightmare, one that takes all good will and every good emotion you can possibly muster and squashes it like a cockroach.
Upon entering the world of the album The Storm Bells Chime, you will begin to notice that light fades and a dreary darkness begins to take hold. Once you enter there is no looking back and if you do there is no door to walk through and all light has failed and succumbed to the bitter darkness. Devoid of all hope and chock full of anger and bitter hatred, SOL plows on taking your sanity as well as your humanity.
Once the opener The Sky Is Empty begins you immediately feel as though you are trapped inside your own head, listening to all of the negative voices telling you to walk off of a plank. And once the opener is finished and Ascending to the Embrace of Clouds begins, the walls begin to melt and you fall into a void of cold darkness from which you may never return.
Each song on this album is a massive droning behemoth that supplies enough atmosphere and pissed off emotion to level a city. Every song is a slow burning ball of destruction. SOL really takes their time with each song, and with the sluggish way in which they play and the long run times, it gives them and each song plenty of time to infect your mind and populate it with plenty of evil doom slugs.
Not only is each song riddled with droning riffs, but they are also filled with plenty of ambiance and atmosphere from pianos as well as synths. The added elements of the piano and synths give off an almost depressing tone and really add a darkened looming atmosphere. Large parts of certain songs are covered by the piano and other sounds with the singer filling your head with hateful nothings.
These Danish doomsters fill every song with a buzzing wall of droning riffs, plenty of atmosphere provided by the aforementioned piano play and psychotic screaming and melodic yet cold cleans. The singer has a voice that is powerful when screaming as well as when he is clean singing. The screams come off as angry yet almost pained at the same time, and the cleans are sickeningly sordid and smooth.
Really, The Storm Bells Chime is a destructive mass of droning doom that just won’t quit. Less than half way through the album you’ll end up noticing a black cloud hanging over your head as well as you will notice your world becoming increasingly darker. SOL does a great job of pumping you full of rage and having you take a look through void colored glasses.
Check out the title track The Storm Bells Chime!