" is the debut full-length of band Numenor, the band whose music could be described as epic symphonic fantasy dark or black metal. I think that both fans of symphonic black metal could like Numenor and fans of so called "pagan metal". I think that followers of the bands like Summoning
, Dimmu Borgir
will surly love music of Numenor, but also the followers of Wintersun
could be also attracted by music and art of Numenor.
The music that Numenor preforms is indeed very epic, marvelous but also dramatic and monumental as well.
Their debut record ''Colossal Darkness
'' contains 8 tracks and we're facing here very dynamic material since songs are very ''direct''. In same time ''Colossal Darkness
' could stand for epic and bombastic music but, obviously with very dark and mystical atmosphere.
Some songs are with very epic approach/touch as the opening track ''The Eternal Champion
'' or ''Hour of the Dragon
'', while the other songs are mystical as ''The Alchemist
''. For example ''The Alchemist
'' and ''While the Gods Laugh'' remains lot on (old) Dimmu Borgir
while ''The Eternal Champion
'' and ''Hour of the Dragon
'' are more epic based tracks and these songs are more done in Bal-Sagoth
way. But, also you have composition like ''Chronomancer'' which is the fastest song on the album. On the other hand, a perfect closing for album is the emotional and monumental hymn ''The Sailor of the Seas of Fate
'' which perfectly will lead you towards the end of the album. In this particular song you'll find even some elements that remains on Mike Oldfiend.
The leading vocals are perfecly done by Despot
Marko Miranovic, and his vocals are very dark, done in way of old Dimmu Borgir
. But, also two tracks contain clean vocals as well which are greatly suiting the music. Both
, keyboards and guitars are the leading instrument. Eack song has very quality solo guitar part, but also the keyboards are very symphonic, mystic and epic-like. So, the final product is really ''colossal'', but also very dark, too. Especially when we're reaching towards the end of the album the music becomes darker and darker.
The lyrcis are based mostly on M.Moorcock's novels regarding the tale and myths about The Eternal Champion
saga, while there are also some references with Tolkien and Lovecraft as well.
The production is also greatly done, very much suiting dynamics of music, with very bombastic approach. Also, the cover artwork is indeed fantastically done and the booklet is amazing as well.
So, if you are fan of epic, dark and symphonic metal I think that you will surly like Numenor. The band surly has the great potential and quality to offer, and yet, we'll see what future will bring to this band, but if they continue to walk this way I think that they could climb very high.