By Allyson Kingsley
THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT hail from Sweden and is founded by current and former members of Katatonia, October Tide, and Letters From The Colony. They are described as melodic and progressive rock and would not ordinarily be my go-to for listening enjoyment as I tend to like things more extreme. But I think the idea of the description of Pale Season caught my attention. It’s not about seasons per se as in weather. It is about the years or the time in between the very vivid memories of youth. It reflects on the mundane years in life.
I can guarantee you have all wondered, ‘where the fuck did the time go?’ or ‘what have I been doing with myself all these years?’. As I listen to the ethereal sounds of the songs on Pale Season, I thought of these questions and perhaps it haunted me in realizing how much I take for granted as the years’ cascade ahead of me. I am certain that this is exactly what THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT intended with this album. I’m sure for some people, a reflection on the “wasted years” would be downright disturbing. On to the meat of the album.
As I am listening to “Rotting Eden” I hear a familiarity in the sound that I could not pinpoint at first and then it hit me. It reminded me of the rhythm of Queensryche’s “Eyes of a Stranger”. An immense sound indeed. “Final Light” is superb. We have a mix of different elements enmeshed in one track. I can liken it to the creativity you hear in the songs from A Perfect Circle. You may not think that a myriad of prog, doom and symphonic would work but it really shines on “Final Light”. The title track “Pale Season ” kind of envelopes you close with its inherent softness and it manages to brim over with just enough power that it is not overwhelming for the listener. “Signals In the Sky” is haunting and sounds heavenly with the female vocals. It has a graceful eloquence to it. The finale of “Meridian” is soul-stirring and leaves you almost breathless. It is the idyllic conclusion to this introspective work.