Friday 26 April 2019

codeia - as he turned back towards the eye of the storm (Album Review)

Release date: April 13th 2019. Label: Hand Of Doom Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

as he turned back towards the eye of the storm – Tracklisting of echoes 20:05
2.emerald deception 10:35
3.mantra 05:13
4.medallion 15:51


Denis S. (Bass, Vocals)
Timo L. (Drums)
Markus L. (Guitars)


“as he turned back towards the eye of the storm” is the new album from Post-Metallers – codeia and it’s a haunting and progressive style of Ambient Doom, Post-Rock and Post-Metal. Taking influence from Cult Of Luna, Russian Circles and Pelican in places. This album is a constantly heavy and challenging album to listen to at times.

codeia write and perform sprawling cinematic riffs where the loud and quiet moments fit superbly well. The harsh vocals from Denis add real menace to the bands overall sound especially on the epic opening song – Canon Of Echoes. The song is a very cold and depressing experience in places and the more better for it. It does take time for the song to fully get going. However this allows codeia time to experiment and perfect their overall sound.

The second song – Emerald Deception – starts in similar fashion to the opening song but with a more subdued approach. The slow-paced Ambient Doom style sounds offers a warmer experience as the Post-Rock riffs slowly appear. When the song becomes heavier codiea become a more threatening force. However I did enjoy and appreciate the gloomy post-rock vibe playing against the heavier Sludge/Post-Metal sounds. This is perhaps my favourite song on the album.

The final two songs on the album Mantra and Medallion follow the same destructive path as the opening two songs but with a more direct and heavier sound. Medallion is the strongest song on the second half of the album with codeia becoming more confident as a result.

“as he turned back towards the eye of the storm” is a superbly produced album and one that shows codeia’s talents to perfection. If you want a complex sounding Post-Metal album that doesn’t shy away from playing heavy Sludge/Post-Metal riffs then this is the album for you.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Timon at Mountain Range PR for the promo. “as he turned back towards the eye of the storm” is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via Hand Of Doom Records.