Should we call this the law of physics of metal music? Sometimes it appears that good Melodic Death Metal can only originate from the Finnish cold plains. The reason is probably buried somewhere in the wastes of the North up yonder. Mixed with the dark, icy weather breeding melancholy and a language that nobody understands but themselves. All this invokes an atmosphere that many bands know to exploit only too well. Just think about Insomnium or Wolfheart.
But when it comes to doomish Melodeath with a beastly streak, the somewhat unknown band Noumena shines prettily on this lonely mound in the endless Finnish wilderness. Their flirt with metal started sometime back in ’98. They unchained a number of releases in pretty rapid succession, culminating in the remarkable Anatomy of Life in 2006. And then, the void – nothing else, nada. The band pretty much fell off then face of earth until the Year of the Lord 2013. This year saw the arrival of the juicy Death Walks With Me. [...]