Black Waters Deep – 2016 – Sliptrick

S= BOSSE ÖHMAN - Dii Minores>>JOHAN SJÖBLOM - Arcane Reality, Dii Minores, Well Of Tears>>KENNETH LARSSON>>Well Of Tears
G= Zweihander, Planet Rain>>BOSSE ÖHMAN - Dii Minores, Well Of Tears, Zweihander, Planet Rain>>JOHAN SJÖBLOM>>Well Of Tears
B= Dii Minores, Well Of Tears>>JON BRUNDIN

The band was founded in 2004. In My Embrace began as a black metal project by Johan Sjöblom and Bosse Öhman as a side project to Johan’s other bands Dii Minores and Well Of Tears. The band would not play live due to Bosse’s tinnitus. The project was put on hold when Johan became busy playing with a band called Zweihander (later to become Planet Rain). In 2007 Johan decided to leave Planet Rain for personal reasons. In My Embrace was restarted in 2010. The song Av Skymning Kommen, Mot Gryning Går was a song written and performed by Bosse in the spring of 2013 about his suicide attempt. An EP called Dead To Dust Descend was issued through Sliptrick. Jon Brundin joined in 2014. Kenneth Larsson joined in 2015. Sweden-based In My Embrace had an album called Black Waters Deep through Sliptrick Records in 2016. The band described itself as black/death metal.


In My Embrace is a new name to me, but that does not mean that this is a fresh group. Indeed the Swedes have been at it for over a decade, disbanded once and came back, which is a welcome occurrence since this is an impressive EP. It is heavy, moderately fast, definitely grim. The label compares the band to Dissection and Immortal. Add to that list fellow Swedes Nagelfar, Unanimated and Arckanum. The dark and brooding presentation and sound, the clear yet uncommercial sound and guttural vocals would merit a 80/100 at Metallian Towers were it not for the shortness of the EP, which at 25 minutes includes an acoustic interlude and a clean version Av Skymning Kommen, Mot Grynning Går at the disc’s end. This would be the band’s code word for ‘instrumental’ version. Seeing the title followed by parentheses the assumption was that the act has included a Mork Gryning cover version before focusing and being corrected. Speaking of the acoustic tracks and parts, which again are reminiscent of Dissection, they break up the band’s purity and with the redundancy also take away from the serviceable length of the EP.
With that said, and despite not fully understanding what the title hearkens to other than creating alliteration perhaps, this is a cold and morbid piece of black/death metal with melody and impressive. – Ali “The Metallian”


In My Embrace