Another band I had experienced in a live setting before hearing the detail of their recorded music at my leisure. The atmospheric setting of the church annex at Roadburn this year worked well in providing a backdrop to their progressive black metal, another interesting addition to the current bands who are keeping some fresh sparks of life and tangents of variety within or without what could be a constrained, formulaic genre.
The quieter intro, with its martial drumming, drives you along and draws you into the building heaviness when the volume kicks in. Then there is still the familiar blizzard of double picked riffing and blasting drums, the harsh shrieked vocal, but this is enveloped into endlessly layering and shifting structures that bring them into atmospheric post-metal territories.
These aren’t forced or shoehorned changes, but natural flows and really trigger emotional responses to the light and shade mix. After a head battering onslaught of the core of “Requiem”, the drift into the ethereal heartache of the haunting acoustic outro is beautiful. They also explore more thoughtful existential subject matter (well, via online translation services from their native tongue!), the album title perhaps connecting to the more cosmological approach of Dark Space.
All in all, it is a wonderfully constructed album with detail and atmosphere that brings you back for repeated listens and each one is a pleasure. They have no fear in setting out on epic songs and the sonic journey with them is a rewarding experience. These guys (and their compatriots Sun Worship) are really setting some new standards in modern black metal with the broadest of extreme horizons, that’s not darkness, it’s space.
REVIEW by: Mark
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