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Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird Vinyl 2LP (Out Of Stock) - direct audio

Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird Vinyl 2LP (Out Of Stock)

Svart Records

  • $ 2998

Swallow The Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird Vinyl 2LP

When Juha Raivio and Pasi Pasanen formed Swallow the Sun in the quaint city of Jyväskylä before the turn of the millennium, the duo's ambition was no wider than writing a few tunes in the vein of their heroes, My Dying Bride. Between 2000 and 2003, Swallow the Sun honed their doom-inspired songwriting skills and welcomed, with dark menace, gradations of death, black, and funeral doom – a Finnish pastime, actually – to round out the sonic scope. Clearly, Swallow the Sun was, in sound and sight, unequivocally from the darkest of hearts.

From their 2003 debut, The Morning Never Came through 2012's universally lauded Emerald Forest and the Blackbird, Swallow the Sun's ascendancy has been like no other. They burned up the Finnish charts with their third LP Hope (2007), landing in the Top 3. But that wasn't enough. When the Plague of Butterflies EP landed in September 2008, the 35-minute epic splashed at No. 1, cementing the group as serious contenders to Nightwish, Children of Bodom, and Amorphis. Follow-up full-length, New Moon, also placed easily in the Top 10 when it marched glumly into stores in 2009.

Some three years later, Emerald Forest and the Blackbird (2012) also hit the upper echelons of chartdom, morosely peaking at No. 2. There was no stopping golden hand of Swallow the Sun's doom. Even in the U.S., where the group has had marginal label support, they completed successful tours with Soilwork, Katatonia, Insomnium, and Kreator. This new double vinyl LP reissue of Emerald Forest and the Blackbird builds largely from the earlier Svart edition, but also adds a new interview with Juha Raivio and Mikko Kotamäki.

Swallow The Sun Emerald Forest and the Blackbird Track Listing:

1. Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
2. This Cut Is The Deepest
3. Hate, Lead The Way
4. Cathedral Walls
5. Hearts Wide Shut
6. Silent Towers
7. Labyrinth Of London (Horror Pt. IV)
8. Of Death And Corruption
9. April 14th
10. Night Will Forgive Us

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