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Finnish female fronted symphonic metal squad Dotma pull out all the expected nuances with refined elegance on their eight-track excursion SLEEP PARALYSIS. Operatic female vocals and symphonic keyboards aplenty intertwine with melancholic chunks of thunderous metal (“The Cave”) to emit an ominous and dramatic flair that carries through the entire duration of the album (“Legend Of The Blackbird”). Evoking a mystical mysteriousness while unloading a pervading sense of sorrow, the music this troupe creates maintains a powerful presence thanks to a solid bond of stellar musicianship whose work within Dotma’s dark and brooding atmospheres seems to hit harder and go further down the trail of desolation than the works of their peers (“Whispering”), bypassing the knockoffs to place this unit at the top of the heap.
- Mike SOS