Written by Alex Stojanovic
The Hardest Part Is Losing You
Children Of The Night
I Don't Get It
So Long, Farewell, Goodbye
One Step Closer To You
Release Date: September 1, 2023
Label: Frontiers Music srl
Erik Martensson - Lead vocals & guitars / Magnus Henriksson - Lead guitars & backing vocals
Victor Crusner - Bass & backing vocals / Philip Crusner - Drums
As we sit here in 2023, the band have released their ninth studio album Megalomanium. When comparing this one to the previous efforts, it's exactly what you would expect from them. This time however, I felt that aside from a handful of tracks, this one isn't as consistent as the previous albums. Of the 11 songs, only 4 seem to be standouts, like "Children Of The Night", "Hearts Collide", "So Long, Farewell, Goodbye" and "One Step Closer To You". The band have claimed Megalomanium to be their most ambitious album to date, but to me, it doesn't sound any different from the previous five albums. It honestly feels like another rehashing of Armageddonize, Monumentum, Paradigm and Wired.
I felt that "The Hardest Part Is Losing You" should've switched places with "Hearts Collide" as the opener because the latter has the bigger hook, and the opening track's duty is to pull you in immediately. I know it's all subjective, but this is how I'm feeling from my perspective. Bottom line is that Erik Martensson and Magnus Henriksson are master songwriters as they've got such an ear for melody, but I didn't exactly find this album to be as strong as the previous ones. Each album since Bleed & Scream has also had the same production quality, and the same goes for pretty much every other album that Erik has been involved in since then with Nordic Union, W.E.T. and others. It's the same direction and same tones, it can get predictable after a while. Erik, if you're reading this, there's no need to change direction, but maybe switch up the tones on the next one!