Aleah – Aleah (Album Review)

The July 1st 2020 release of Aleah is a posthumous solo album honouring her legacy and carrying the flame of the music she left behind for us, the voice of our Nightingale. Aleah’s talent as an eerie presence making a mark on the metal scene with her musical and creative collaborations with Amorphis and Swallow the Sun, which leads the fated couple Aleah Stanbridge and Juha Raivio’s to a heart-project, gothic doom band Trees of Eternity.

Aleah Stanbridge (also known as Aleah Starbridge) passed away due to cancer in April 2016 at the age of 39, leaving behind unfinished material.

Aleah is a double album that features 15 tracks of newly mastered acoustic recordings of Aleah Stanbridge (Trees of Eternity) with unreleased material, and new ‘electric’ versions elegantly realised by her life partner Juha Raivio (Swallow the Sun, Trees of Eternity, Hallatar). The acoustic and electric recordings embrace the ambient folk sound and ghostly vocals unique to Aleah, lyrically sharing a sense of intimacy, sombre, deep affection and passion. This album gives a glimpse into the ethereal mind of Aleah, celebrating her life, her being, her memory.

Juha has called out to all to support the release, share her music and take time to comment on what Aleah’s music has meant to you to help carry the flame. Aleah is available to purchase as CD or LP physical copy of the album (with bonus material download) through Svart Records or a digital download through Bandcamp. Animated music clips crafted by Dronicon Films are also online to stream through the Svart Records Channel.

Aleah, an ethereal album diving into the most intimate thoughts, memories and passionate flames. I give this album 5 out of 5, but instead of roos, let’s make it 5 Nightingales.

Aleah Starbridge –  July 1st 1976 – April 18th 2016

Aleah: Facebook

Release Year: 2020
Label: Svart Records
Category: Album
Country: Sweden

Reviewed by Alex