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This is the first I have heard from this UK solo outfit, and repeated listens have impressed me more and more. The release comprises two lengthy and well-structured tracks. The single most striking feature of 'Instinct', and certainly the element that impressed me most, is the Neurosis-like building of atmosphere, particularly in the second track, 'Nocturnal Invocation'. Yes, the vocals (which are strong and orthodox black metal in style, but not especially distinctive) and the rapidly strummed guitar chords leave the listener in no doubt as to which genre this release belongs, but the delicate guitar motif around which this 20 minute track is structured discloses clear Neurosis influences.
A recommendation for those who enjoy slow to mid-paced black metal, but are a little jaded with the whole 'depressive BM' category, to which 'Instinct' does not belong. The sedate pace adds a certain majesty to proceedings; in fact, 'Instinct' is becoming for me one of those special releases that draws the listener in and makes time stop for the duration of the record. This release is powerful stuff, and worthy of your full attention at high volume in a darkened room.