Leon : About twenty years ago the album Architects Of The Mind was released by the Swedish group Hollow, after which the band dissolved. Until the end of last year, suddenly the new album Between Eternities Of Darkness was released. There had been some changes in the line-up of the band, however, since it now only consists of singer/guitarist Andreas Stoltz and drummer Stalder Zantos! I do not know the earlier work of the band but after listening to Between Eternities Of Darkness I honestly must say that the band did not have to make a comeback, if you ask me.
The music consists mainly of really generic power metal with a symphonic progressive sauce on top, not really something that makes me go warm and fuzzy inside. I am not saying that it is a really bad album but it is all so incredibly average, unoriginal, and underwhelming that it just does not do anything for me. Instrumentally it is alright, there are no impressive guitar or drum parts to be found but it sounds fine. The mix may be a little messy in the lower frequencies, but in general it is also quite alright. And then the vocals, in line with the rest of my criticism, this too is very mediocre. Stoltz does not sing out of tune but he just does not has a pleasant voice to listen to. It sounds cold and like he is squeezing his throat. Also the vocal melodies are not very memorable, just like the other instruments.
Hollow is the name of the band but, as far as I am concerned, it is also a good description for the music. Hollow. The music that the band makes is simply not distinguishing enough to stand out among all those other mediocre metal bands out there. So, unfortunately, I will not give a good score for the album Between Eternities Of Darkness, which I hope to forget again soon.