Album Review: Sound Storm – “Immortalia”
If there was ever a case of a band “doing exactly what it says on the tin” then Sound Storm is exactly that. What you get is a vast sound scape that comes through your speakers, and starts constructing it’s self around you.
What this is, is a big slab of symphonic metal. It’s loud, it’s heavy, and relentless. It has so many twists and turns, that listening to it will leave you entirely breathless. The vocals range from operatic arias to metal roar and back again, with a few variations in between thrown into the mix as well.
I first put this on to listen to in the car, but I found the confined space in which I was listening wasn’t big enough to hold such huge sounds. I switched it off, and waited until I got home, to give it the full treatment on my music centre. This album needs to be played loud, and to appreciate it fully, you need to give it some room to grow. Try boxing it in at your own peril. The massive sounds on this album would have no problem in filling a stadium, of that I have no doubt.
There are also orchestral sounds, mixed in with heavy thrash guitars, screaming solos, thumping drums and thunderous bass lines. On paper it really shouldn’t work. Think of Metallica’s S&M, speed it up 10 times, and chuck in various vocal styles, and you should arrive somewhere near what this album sounds like, although of course, it’s not….
No, this album is a remarkable achievement, as all it should be is nothing but a cacophony of unintelligible noise. It’s not of course, as it’s melodic, and you can pick out the individual instruments, despite the thick sound. My advice to the listener would be that you won’t really appreciate it at it’s best unless you play it as loud as you can stand it, as only then do you realise what an amazing album this is. I tip my hat to Sound Storm, as to make this kind of stuff work, they deserve a lot of respect indeed, and I always give respect where it’s due.