Finnish funeral doom band Red Moon Architect follow 2015s Fall with Return Of The Black Butterflies and this, their album is without a doubt their finest work yet.
With new singer Ville Rutanen (formerly of Casket) on board for this new opus, it is a fresh start for the band and they go all out to make sure it counts and counts it definitely does as this is a formidable statement from the band. Bold, epic, haunting and crushingly heavy songs enhanced by Rutanens tortured growls are the other of the day on Return Of The Black Butterflies but they are balanced with some sublime and beautiful melodious singing from co-vocalist Anni Viljanen that adds a light side to the darkness.
Return Of The Black Butterflies starts off an aptly named opening instrumental entitled The Haunt and this atmospheric intro sets the tone perfectly for what follows. There are only five more songs after this intro but the epic nature of the tracks allows the album to expand and its sprawling nature is powerful to listen to.
The contrasting vocals of Rutanen and Viljanen take center stage when they arrive and those two styles fit perfectly over the top of the massive sounding doom epics that Red Moon Architect crank out. Tracks like Tormented and Journey exemplify this and are both powerful additions to the album.
The album has not one but two centrepieces and they arrive as the two final tracks in Return Of The Black Butterflies, first up is the monstrous and perfectly titled End Of Days, an eleven minute plus epic that demonstrates everything the band have to offer in that timescale. Big, brooding riffs abound and there is a sense of dread throughout the song especially when that Rutanen growl takes hold and this sets up the grand finale that is NDE, twelve whole minutes of prime funeral doom especially when the dual vocals interact with each other to maximum effect and it’s certainly the most fitting way to end the album off, and when it ends you will be astounded by the breadth of what you have just listened to.
If you like your music heavy, haunting and expansive then you will have to go some to find a better album than the stunning Return Of The Black Butterflies this year.
Finland funeral doom band bridge the gap between beautiful light and terrifying darkness on haunting new album