The 3rd And The Mortal - Tears Laid In Earth 2-LP (Black vinyl)
Tears Laid in Earth is a near perfect atmospheric doom album. Let me clarify this by saying that, certainly, the guitar melodies are structured in such a way as to produce a melancholic, haunting, frosty atmosphere which is quite strong on its own, but much more than being the icing on the cake, vocalist/probable angelic goddess Kari Rueslatten brings the album from very good to intensely immersive, transcendent, almost spiritual at times. She's on my short list of best female vocalists (metal OR nonmetal) for sure, hanging out with such vocal royalty as Floor Jansen and Anneke van Giersbergen. Among these, I'm not sure i could pick a definite favorite, but there's definitely a possibility that Rueslatten is simply my favorite female vocalist of all time, and definitely in my top 10 vocalists period - any gender, any genre. To call her performance here breathtaking, enchanting, and utterly mesmerizing is rather an understatement, I think.