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SUMIA - Until We Shine Again - CD - Secret Entertainment - 2014

Ahem. Love songs, and a band that is probably better understood and more enjoyed by women. But let's try. From this writer's perspective, Until We Shine Again is melancholic, full of allusions, impressions, evocations and compliments. It is modern, urban, well made and occasionally progressive. It doesn't make you feel good, and it probably wasn't the point either.

The long songs featured here range from mellow, clean parts to thrashing outbursts (relatively, that is; we're not talking Kreator-styled outbursts here) and are served with some radio-friendliness and late-night, pensive, wondering feeling that characterizes dark metal in its lightest embodiment. The vocals are clean, neither strong nor weak, and even though there is not much personality to them, they make up for it in elaboration. A few of them are quite catchy, but they're hardly original.

The same can be said for the rest of this Finnish band: it's all nice yet somehow safe. Too safe to make an impression. Sumia can get loud and heavy, but we feel that it does not help the band in manifesting its pop narrative. (6.5/10)

 

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ISSUE 78
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-B)  (B-D)  (D-G)  (G-K)  (K-M)  (M-P)  (P-S)  (S-ST)  (S-W)  (W-Z)

SUMIA
Until We Shine

TOR MARROCK
Destroy the Sou

TORCHIA
Ending Beginnin

VEHEMENCE
Forward Without

VHOLDGHAST
Lat Oss Forbrin

VISIT, THE
Through Darknes

VON TILL, STEVE
A Life Unto Its

WAKE THE NATION...
Sign Of Heart

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