Heavenwood are a band from Portugal that has been featured before in this zine and plays a style of goth/doom metal which also has elements of death and black metal and this is a review of their 2008 album "Redemption" which was re-issued in 2016 by Massacre Records.
A very heavy, melodic yet depressive goth metal sound starts off the album along with the solos and leads also using a great amount of melody and after awhile clean singing vocals, death metal growls and black metal screams are added onto the recording and operatic female vocals can also be heard on one track.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's while also sounding modern enough for 2008 and clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and there is also a brief use of keyboards.
Some tracks also bring in elements of traditional goth rock while the riffs bring in the heaviness of doom metal and a couple of the songs are long and epic in length along with one song bringing in a brief use of spoken word parts and all of the music sticks to either a slow or mid paced musical direction and there is also a brief use of acoustic guitars.
Heavenwood played a style of goth/doom metal on this recording that was very melodic and atmospheric while also having the heaviness of black and death metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover sorrow, darkness, and love themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Heavenwood and if you are a fan of goth and doom metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "13th Moon" "Fragile" "Obsolete" and "Slumber". 8 out of 10.