Sadly, this doesn't last for the greatest amount of time. A couple opening tracks on Black Soil are truly running the gamut of extreme genres, no denying that, but after those are through, everything falls to melo-death. And, for reasons I can't possibly fathom – Black Soil begins to sound a lot like Insomnium, and I mean a lot. This comparison is strengthened by the singing and death metal vocals (provided by the very talented Andy Walmsley), which are well done and never falter in quality, but become purely this for almost the entire album length. This means that Black Soil is essentially stripped of it's more blackened sections, almost never returning to what the album began as. I had high hopes when 'Time and Tide' began, but things fall back again after moments. The album seems to have had a lot of potential for variety and experimentation, but it just never lives up to those beginning tracks ever again. For all that Viktor Jonas seems capable of musically, I don't feel like Black Soil could be considered his magnum opus, not by any means.
There is quite a bit to like here, most certainly for melo-death and doom fans, but it's proposed black metal inclusions are most likely not substantial enough to be more then a light introduction for people unfamiliar with the subgenre. Fans of Insomnium are going to love this, maybe even more then actual an actual Insomnium album – because Black Soil DOES have variety initially.
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