Anmeldt av Matt Coe(Inverse Records, 2014)
Active for a brief two years, this Finnish band perform in a slightly technical dark death/black metal manner for this 5 song EP "Project Utopia". As a sextet, Creinium are able to spit out a multitude of feelings and moods dependent on the need of the individual song. Post-rock and doomy meets slightly black metal on the title cut, more symphonic in a Therion meets Mercyful Fate way on "Eschaton" - you never know what to really expect other than the fact that this isn't a typical sound and as such can be quite intriguing after multiple exposures.
Vocalist Sami Haimilahti (who recently left Creinium due to personal issues) has a great sense of when to unleash the dark growls or clean melodies to mirror the atmospheric passages- giving the stellar 9:43 closer "Synthetic Paradise" an open forum for fierceness, engagement, and unrelenting tenacity from start to finish. Keyboardist Antti Myllynen factors in just as prominently as the guitar layering from Tone Nyström and Mikko Asplund - but do not expect this triple synchronicity speed wall of sound, as the band prefer to keep things around a slower, building context.
30 minutes that whirs by in quick fashion, "Project Utopia" should make waves in a good way for the band. Let's hope they arm themselves with a reputable vocal replacement, as Creinium is too good to lose momentum at this point in their young careers.
25.02.2017: MICHAEL SCHENKER - Michael Schenker Fest Live DVD
24.02.2017: DANKO JONES - Wild Cat
23.02.2017: THEOCRACY - Ghost Ship
22.02.2017: AL ATKINS - Reloaded
21.02.2017: REAPING ASMODEIA - Impuritize
20.02.2017: THE BRAIN WASHING MACHINE - Connections
19.02.2017: RUINS OF HUMANITY - Enemy In The Mirror
17.02.2017: IMMOLATION - Atonement
16.02.2017: KREATOR - Gods of Violence
15.02.2017: SIX FEET UNDER - Torment
14.02.2017: BENIGHTED - Necrobreed
13.02.2017: SLAAMASKIN - 2016
12.02.2017: ACCEPT - Restless and Live – Blind Rage – Live in Europe 2015
11.02.2017: EMPIRE - Hypnotica (re-issue)
10.02.2017: BORN AGAIN - Strike with Power
09.02.2017: DJEVEL - Oslo - Krøsset
09.02.2017: AKOMA - Revangels
08.02.2017: NEOPLASMA - Bergen - Inside
08.02.2017: SPAZZ - Sweatin’ II Deported Live Gorilla
07.02.2017: NIFROST - Bergen - Inside