“Hurricanes and Halos” is the new and third album of the Swedish band Avatarium. The band counts with Leif Edling as bass player, more known for his work with Candlemass. “Hurricanes and Halos” continues the band’s tradition of fusing melancholic melodies with heavy doom, resembling Candlemass and Black Sabbath work.
Jennie-Ann Smith brilliant voice provides, once again, the soul to the songs in every word of the unique poetry linked to the mysticism of the songs. The song “Into the Fire / Into the Storm” opens with a fast riff that prepares the listener for what’s coming in the following tracks “The Starless Sleep” and “Road to Jerusalem”. This would be the typical doom sound previously heard in other work by this band.
Then there’s a piece of magic called “Medusa Child”, despite being a very heavy song, the voice of Jennie-Ann Smith fuses perfectly with the psychedelic and melancholic melody of its intriguing chorus. “The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea” is also a considerably good track. Then it follows what can be considered the breakdown of the album, “When Breath Turns to Air”. Here we can hear an harmonic progressive track, with a peaceful sound that takes over our senses until we drown into a feeling of nothingness.
This album contains a few positive surprises, but doesn’t innovate the band sonority. Nonetheless, this might have been a good decision as you will notice the songs work perfectly fine as they are.