Splendidula are a Belgian metal band who lean heavily on doomy, sludgy riffs and a lurching heaviness. Their monstrous sound is elevated by the vocals of Kristien Cools. Her voice ranges from almost alt-metal-sounding sinister cleans to avant-garde wailing.
Guitarist Pieter Houben’s vocals stun, with explosive roars that match the ferocity of the quicksand-thick riffs, that then become passionate clean vocals that pair brilliantly with Cools’.
The variety in these compositions is insane. Chuggy guitars, wild solos, synths, and electronic beats are all accounted for and used masterfully.
Earlier this year, Splendidula released their third album, ‘Somnus’, and it is a showcase of the variety and talent this band has. Across six tracks, the band demonstrates fantastic musicianship and songwriting with varied styles and instrumentation.
Splendidula are a relatively young band, but incredibly exciting and certainly one to watch because, whatever they do next, it’ll be unique.