Severnica – Long Lost Longing Review

Severnica Long Lost LongingLong Lost Longing is the debut release from Finnish symphonic metallers Severnica and it’s a good, strong first release from the outfit.

The songs were recorded and mixed by the band itself, which gives the EP an almost rough-and-ready feel at times, but this really works in the band’s favour as Long Lost Longing just has this great raw and ‘real’ tone to it throughout.

The EP opens with Mirror And Me, which begins with striking keys that are swiftly followed by an impressive vocal line. It’s a great way to get the EP going because it really grabs your attention from the start and holds it throughout, which is extremely refreshing to hear. It just sounds like the band are putting their all into ensuring you won’t forget this song in a hurry – however it’s the following title track that really leaves a lasting impression. The lush melodies throughout are fantastic, with all the instruments and ideas resonating well with one another.

My Journey is an interesting little inclusion that sees harsh vocals thrown into the mix for good measure and they’re juxtaposed fantastically with the lead female vocals – it’s a great inclusion that helps keep things fresh and shows that Severnica aren’t a band for sticking to one rigid style throughout. The EP then comes to a satisfying close with Dream, which contains one last burst of energy for good measure before gently fading away.

As a whole, Long Lost Longing is a great little piece and it will be interesting to see what the future entails for this up-and-coming band.

8/10

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Soundscape’s editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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