Trauma Field is a Finnish band that has been active for about fifteen years, even though this From Wounded Soil is only their third full length, coming six years after the previous Changing Tides. Maybe this is also the reason why the name of the band led by vocalist and guitarist Jaakko Pesu, the only one of the founding members left, is not as well known as it deserved to be, crushed as it was by a death doom label that, besides being limiting, seems above all misleading. In fact, Trauma Field don’t descend at all on the same ground of compatriots such as Marianas Rest or Kaunis Kuolematon and even less move in the wake of the masters Swallow The Sun, as their approach is so progressive that it becomes difficult to determine exactly what style is exhibited. The opening track (after a short intro) Wounded Soil, although misleading, probably offers a clue as to which band they mainly take their cue from, and this is Amorphis, obviously the most epic ones of the Joutsen era, even if during the course of the work there are so many cues coming from different directions that every comparison is punctually denied by the next track. If in Golden Fields there are some vague hints of Pain Of Salvation, in the following Skyharbour the melodic inspiration is worthy of the best Ten, thanks to a masterful solo guitar contribution; Five Years changes its face in several moments and some will catch feelings not dissimilar from those found in the great Winterhorde’s Maestro, another band with changing features like few others, while the closeness to the best Amorphis is revealed again with the only track sung in the mother tongue, the epic folk jewel entitled Esi-isille. In its final part, the album takes on more intimate connotations, first with Aftermath, where Mother Love Bone seem to couple incestuously with Pain Of Salvation, then with the long Gone Home, a poignant song that closes in the best way a surprising album for emotional intensity and memorable ideas. Trauma Field prove to have an uncommon melodic taste, thanks to which they are able to give fifty minutes of notes that, thanks to their sailing through different sub-genres, could meet the favour of listeners with different musical preferences.

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