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EP (7"/10"/12" extended play, 33/45 rpm), Import
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Vinyl, Import, May 4, 2010
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Vinyl LP pressing of this 2010 EP from the Irish organic Black Metal horde. The EP was mixed by Mell Dettmer of Sunn o))) and Wolves In The Throne Room fame. Inspiration for this release was drawn almost entirely from the power and energy of the Atlantic Ocean. Features 'Atlantic Light' and 'The Weight Of All'.
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As with White Tomb, this is best listened to in a dark room or on a walk in the middle of the night. Its downright creepy at times. Best to let yourself get engrossed in the layers and dimensions of these songs. It took me a few listens, but after completely giving my attention, It actually did get under my skin. Its almost trance like at times when listening through head phones. If someone were to tap me on the shoulder while I listening on a late night walk, I would probably jump out of my skin, as I felt with White Tomb.
Production wise, its tough to call. It sounds pretty sludgy, but this style of music is supposed to sound raw. It does sound like you are listening to this under water. Almost like they are playing at the end of a tunnel. But it is purely ambient in nature with a haunting presence. The bass comes right through some times as does the feedback Noise. The vocals are done well and are not loud in the mix, but effective. Different.
The last 8-10 minutes of 'The Weight of All' are so haunting that it should be in a horror movie soundtrack. The open notes, distortion and hook of the guitar along with the thundering, loping drum is just great. Sticks in your head and is very original and effective. Definitely the highlight of the EP.
Another cool release from these guys, though a bit pricey at 8.99 for the 2 track download. However it it is worth it if you liked White Tomb. This disc isnt as 'Black' as that one, but is very alike in its approach and song structures. If you like atmospheric, ambient and raw Black Metal you will probably like this. But if you have music ADD like I do, it may take a few listens before in sinks in. I had to listen a few times and in the right 'state of mind'. If you dont give it your full attention, it may just come across as ugly noise. This is not background music, it must be listened to appropriately to get full enjoyment. Sludgy production and all.
Original and highly recommended for patient and experimental Death/Black metal fans..