The name of this German band is still unknown, but maybe some of you've noticed the name of bassplayer Eric Asmussen before, because he's also in the line-up of Wytchcraft. Before that, he and guitarist/vocalist Jürgen Cichon were in Twilight Pictures, but this progressive doom outfit only released a few demos. Now they are back together under the name SOMBER VIEW and 'Flight Into The Imagination' is their first self-financed release. In distinction from Twilight Pictures SOMBER VIEW is less progressive, heading more into a epic doom metal direction, but there is a perceptible gothic influence in two of the four songs.

The first track 'Flight Into The Imagination' is a damn good opener, similar to bands like Solitude Aeturnus and Solstice. It has a very catchy riff, and the clear vocals carry this song. 'Salute' trudges slowly along and radiates a mournful vibe. No surprise, because the lyrics of this song deal with a lost love. The band has integrated a few keyboards here for good measure. 'All My Love' is reminiscent of later Type O Negative and definitely not my cup of tea. I don't like that grief-stricken vocals in conjunction with a pompous atmosphere. Fortunately, 'Black Widow' is more doom than goth, but it would've been great to hear some up-tempo sections, even so it's a nice tune. SOMBER VIEW could write more songs in the vein of the opener for my taste, but nevertheless 'Flight Into The Imagination' is a solid start and even the overall production is very professional as well as the layout. You can order this MCD for EUR 5,00 from the band.

(KK)

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