We need to ask the obvious question here, what is so exceptional about this record? Well, in my opinion, nothing really. It is a well made record with excellent musicianship and production. Other than that it seems pretty ordinary to me, it surely doesn’t feel the the best of what atmospheric black metal could offer this year or in general.
The drumming is default, there’s not much variety across songs and it’s the constant pummelling all through. There’s very little variation in the entirety of the sound. The vocals are pretty constant as well, again it’s the same tone through the entire release. I’m fine with screeches but it did kind of got monotonous after track 1. The atmosphere feels thin and frankly doesn’t really build up as we flow through the album. The band clearly seems to have missed building upon the slow sections in between, they’re just left there for relief of the listener I suppose. To me it seems like an opportunity missed, the album definitely has good ideas and frankly gives an eastern esoteric feel on the whole.
To circle back, is this a well made record? Yes.
Are the musicians top notch? Yes.
Is this an excellent atmospheric black metal album? No.
Is this a decent atmospheric black metal album? Sure.
Released on the 13th of November, 2020 by Profound Lore Records.
Luckily there is a post on the Metal Archives forum that describes my feeling towards this release with an uncanny sense of accuracy – Link
One of the many bands on Profound Lore/Relapse/Prosthetic that I listen to and think, are they really doing anything unique? The single is pretty solid and ripping, but at the same time it feels like this style is reaching Cascadian Black Metal in 2012 levels of oversaturation. Maybe I’m missing something but it just feels like there are a thousand bands in the US alone doing this exact same thing with only the tiniest differences (OSDM but fast! OSDM but super slow! OSDM but slightly more technical!) and it’s starting to wear me out.By – narsilianshard
You know what, the atmosphere is great, the execution is fantastic, the production is kickass, then why am I not feeling anything more after the initial euphoria died down? It’s perhaps the same thing done to death before and is now being done slightly better. Make no mistake, I would see this band on stage without a second thought because this is clearly music to be enjoyed in a pub with friends. Otherwise, everything sounds alright but nothing seems memorable. Allow me to rectify that line, the drumming and the vocals on this album are top notch! Really well done. We’ve heard the riffs a hundred times before, nothing too interesting to wake me up or push me aside. The leads are few and far between which give the occasional kick of life to the songs. Otherwise, it’s a fine album. It’s put together well, the musicians clearly know what they’re doing but it’s not doing much for me. I’ll however definitely go see them live, they seem like a fun live band.