3/7/2017 - Review by: Greg Watson
A well-thought out concept album that fell just a tad short musicallyNighon is an industrial metal band from Finland, though I feel the industrial tag is a bit of a misnomer for the band. They remind me a bit of a less orchestral Epica to be honest.
Regardless of the genre though, "The Somme" is a really well-constructed, well-told concept album dealing with WWI, WWII and how those events relate to the world today. The growled and clean vocals are the points that reminded me so much of Epica. The trade off in styles works really well and play off each other nicely. A prime example of this is on the track "The Greatest of Catastrophes", which is one of the catchiest tracks on the album.
The one gripe I had though is that the music got a little predictable and repetitive for my taste. A little variety would have put this one over the top for me. All things considered though, I found myself really engaged with the concept and enjoyed this album as a whole. So, if you are a fan of concept albums and the slightly symphonic metal genre, you won't want to pass over this one.
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