Vera : Our first encounter with Greek female artist Gogo Melone took place when she added any female vocals to the song ‘In This Empty Room’ of international doom metal outfit Clouds. Yet she also has a band in which she happens to be the initiator and leading lady, called Aeonian Sorrow. In addition to her sonorous voice and piano playing, the rest of the band exists of mostly Finnish musicians. As fan of the genre, Gogo has created a recognizable yet very deep-draught album, brimming with pain and grief. During ‘Forever Misery’ we think of Saturnus and Draconian, also due to the fact that male growler Alejandro Lotero appears to have a juicy rolling grunt and on the other side of the spectrum we have these female chants, being serene, dreamy and lovely.
The slow and long compositions crawl through immense darkness, relished with introvert piano interludes, soaring synths and graceful guitar leads. A signature addition to this classic doom/death metal characteristics, one can find in the ethnic tinged, ethereal vocal parts that have major intensity. In ‘Under The Light’ they are just a little bit more fervent than in the other songs. ‘Thanatos Kyrie’ digs deep, like wallowing into a kind of nihilism with no way out. You notice that this album has been crafted by someone with a heart for the doom genre. All ingredients we like are present, with as extra the refined female touch of Melone.