September Mourning – Volume II

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Volume II - Sumerian Records

September Mourning released their Sumerian Records debut Volume II at the end of last month. September Mourning is the brainchild of Emily Lazar, and acclaimed American comic book artist and publisher Marc Silvestri. Volume II somewhat unsurprisingly picks up where 2015’s self-released EP Volume I left off. Like it’s predecessor, Volume II will be accompanied by the second issue of September Mourning‘s comic book series.

The opening track of the album, The Collection, opens with grandiose vocals backed by keyboards, powerful metal guitars and heavy drums before it breaks into… well more of the same. This is an album that sounds like a very calculated and meticulously planned project, every note and riff sounds like a month was spent in the studio getting it absolutely perfect. Anyone who has read previous reviews of mine will know that overproduction is not one of the things I look for in an album, and this is easily the most overproduced album I’ve reviewed this year. Whilst the vocals are bewitching, and Emily Lazar certainly has an impressive set of pipes, but this is an album that very much comes across as the lovechild of the likes of Evanesence and Nightwish. Having said that I would bet that this sells by the bucketload to fans of the more commercial side of alt rock, and to those with a fondness for symphonic and power metal bands.

Volume II isn’t a bad album by any means, and I am partial to a bit of metal and rock, but I can’t help wishing it sounded a bit more organic. This is an album that is produced to within an inch of it’s life, with a few changes this could have been something that could well have had a greater appeal for me. All the elements are there, the songwriting, the originality of the concept, the multi media release and the undoubted level of talent that is behind Volume II, but I just can’t get past the sterile laboratory approach to the mix of the album.

Volume II is available on iTunes and September Mourning‘s website can be found here

You can make up your own mind about whether this is your cup of tea by watching the video for Eye Of The Storm below