Finnish 4/5 review

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The fourth album of the Swedish Twilight continues on the same line as the Netherworld Triumphant two years ago. The organ-driven hazy progedom of the band has something in common with the neo-opeth in the sense that it is self-conscious in its expression and draws from a certain aesthetic. And I’m not saying this badly, as long as I consider the trend. At its most modern, the band’s sound has the weight of Cathedral, but I would say that, on average, the band’s playing drops somewhere in the middle ground between Atomic Rooster, Black Sabbath, and Uriah Heep. Visitors will also be heard, as singer Eirikur Hauksson (Artch, Magic Pie) will open his vocals on the single song Hawks and Doves, and Thomas Tofthagen (Audrey Horne, ex-Sahg) will whine the guitar. That song begins with the three-part The Monsoon Suite, with which the band dives deeper and deeper into the progenous vein. The song ensemble is clearly the best part of the whole album and shows what the band is capable of at best. The Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden is clearly stacked for the lp format. On the A side you will find (excluding the intro and interlude) three slightly more straightforward and riff-driven songs, while on the B side there is one more progressive work. The CD and digital formats feature Grace and Pain as a bonus track, played by ex-Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson.