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Crushing, beautiful funeral doom metal... - 100%

Ethereal Loss, April 26th, 2012

What to say about this full-length album which is incidentally only one song? Completely breathtaking. It is hard to explain it with words, because words lack the actual feeling you get from this anthem of anger and despair. You submerge yourself into a dormant state and take in every note and ethereal grunt that this band has to offer. It rapes you, but in a good way, and you're happy to let it happen.

From the moment it begins with the piano until when the first moan of the guitar kicks in, you know you're in for a sad, but beautiful ride. The song sucks you into its sea of mourning while the guitars express an attitude of death and despair right in your ears.

The keyboard adds to the mood, quietly in the background taking you in, then after awhile the double bass starts and becomes a bit more aggressive, then the grunts come and win you over.
Then, an intermission starts with nothing but piano and ambiance. After a few minutes of that, the despair kicks back in.

Around minute 24, the hateful, but sad black metal shrieks kick in accompanied by double bass and mournful guitars. Afterwards they even bring in female vocals briefly and it is a nice touch. I personally love female vocals in doom bands. Pretty much the process is repeated throughout the entire song, but so far apart that you can't recall any of it. There is even a sound effect at one point, footsteps walking through damp earth. It feels as if you're stuck on an island and you scream at the top of your lungs for someone to come help, but they never do. The ocean keeps you back from everything and little by little your hope fades away.

This is a solid release and I fell in love with it. It is also interesting that the band sings in a dead language and is based on sacral scriptures from ancient civilizations. These guys really know how to set the mood.

Thank you, Ea, for this masterpiece.