After not even two years after the release of Into The Eternity A Moment We Are, the Greek musician Gogo Melone returns with her funeral gothic doom project Aeonian Sorrow, for which she once again avails herself of the collaboration of a group of Finnish musicians gravitating largely in the area of the notable Red Moon Architect, in addition to the contribution on drums of the well-known Daniel Neagoe (Clouds, Eye Of Solitude, among others). A Life Without is an ep containing four excellent songs that start from where we left off and does not fundamentally move the bar, re-proposing the style and patterns that had brought so many good feedbacks to the debut full length and always keeping in mind that the sound remains absolutely peculiar and recognizable. So the preponderant elements continue to be the strong dichotomy between the harsh growl of Ville Rutanen (who replaces Alejandro Lotero in the role) and the magnificent voice of Gogo, all within a sound fabric that almost always in every song passes from the rough drama of the moments in which the male voice predominates to the more melancholic and airy ones, when it’s the clear timbre of the Hellenic singer to take over. The work fully confirms the high quality standard reached since the beginning by Aeonian Sorrow and, if we want, the only element of discontinuity is partially represented by songs like One Love and My Solitude, slightly more immediate and less gloomy than the rest of the past and present production, while remaining firmly in the stylistic bed of the most obscure and evocative doom. What surely doesn’t change is instead the pathos provided by a subtle sense of anguish mixed with melancholy that comes out from songs like The Endless Fall Of Grief or One Love and, above all, from Hopeless Suicide. A Life Without is a work that reinforces the status acquired by Aeonian Sorrow since the debut and, like all successful ep, it proves to be the ideal tool to keep alive the attention of fans to a band, especially in these times when the amount of releases puts at high risk of obsolescence even works of great thickness published only a couple of years ago.

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