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Dopamine - Dying Away in the Deep Fall (Instrumental Edition)

Dying Away in The Deep Fall - 55%

Spatupon, June 16th, 2020
Written based on this version: 2019, CD, Pest Productions (Digipak)

There's no denying the fact that post-black metal or shoegaze-inspired extreme metal has taken the world by storm throughout the previous decade. Hundreds of bands from all around the globe have took the task of creating alluring melodies drenched in a melancholic atmosphere that only black metal can truly capture. This admixture of two genres that couldn't seem more different, has had a very mixed result. With the advent of cheap recording software and some elementary skills at playing an instrument, releasing an album has almost become another quotidian task.The heavy anticipation before the release of an album has almost vanished completely in the fast moving world of late-capitalism.

Sometimes, to escape the sheer brutality and callous neutrality of life and nature, you have to listen to a certain music which can touch the deepest and darkest pits of your heart. Bans such as Alcest and Lantlos have mastered this sort of approach towards song-writing and verse-writing. Dopamine follows strictly in this school of post-black metal. However, this band takes a much more serene and less confrontational and abrasive approach towards the more extreme elements within the music. This album might sound a little bit anachronistic given the fact that it is so firmly rooted within the aesthetics employed by bands such as Alcest when their first full-length had just come out. It is also worth to keep in mind that this full-length album originally came out in 2014, seven years ago, however, it was only last year, 2019, when Pest decided to release this album on their label.

The contradiction which springs to the forefront of the listening experience is the sweet and simple nature of the shoegaze elements and the more abrasive elements of black metal is not quite fully exploited by Dopamine in this release. It becomes heavily obvious that most black metal chord-progressions are mostly included to fill the gaps between one descent into sombre sleep after another. Unfortunately, the album overstays its welcome to its detriment. The song-structures become increasingly assimilated within each other and any trace of individuality loses its vitality a short period after it has been procreated.

There is little to no vocals on this full-length with some sporadic bursts of high-pitched shrieks enveloped in a thick veil of reverb which create a ghostly aura to the vocals which is very hard to describe unless it is experienced first-hand. Dying Away in the Deep Fall does nothing to try and make the band stand-apart; rather, this album serves as an ultimate tribute to Alcest, Lantlos, Hypomanie and An Autumn for Crippled Children done in the most subservient and loyal way possible. If you've been looking for some tame extreme metal music, Dopamine will definitely fit right up your alley.