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Sisters of Destiny; Threads of Fate - 88%

TheStormIRide, April 20th, 2015
Written based on this version: 2015, Digital, III Damnation Productions

Weaving the fates for humans and gods alike, the Morai of Greek mythology consists of three sisters, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. As incarnations of destiny, the sisters are each responsible for different tasks: Clotho spins the thread of life; Lachesis measures the thread of life; and Atropos cuts the thread of life. With this concept in mind, three Greek black metal acts joined forced to present this narration in musical form, a split album titled Moerae. Awe, Vacantfield and End, all hailing from Athens, each provide a single track, taking one of the of sisters and telling her tale. The split album was released at the end of March digitally, but is due out on CD and vinyl at a later date through III Damnation Productions.

With each track clocking in at over sixteen minutes long, Moerae is a complex and rather challenging release but each of the bands brings their own intriguing style of black metal to the fold. Awe’s track, “Clotho”, brings the first segment of the tale. Despite the band’s 2007 formation, this split marks their debut release. Beginning with a surge of chaotic and frenetic black metal, consisting of fast paced trem riffs, blasting drums and bellowing yet raspy growls, Awe’s sound evokes just as much jarring dissonance as it does fiery black metal. Rather than firing away on second wave histrionics for the entire performance, the band delves into jagged, atonal melodies and whimsical touches of avant-garde sounds. “Clotho” swirls between frenetic black metal and these sections of unsettling avant-garde, smoothly bringing the thread of life into focus.

Vacantfield recounts the tale of Lachesis, the sister who measures every thread of mortality. Beginning with some heavy handed, acerbic black metal, the band rolls into an extremely catchy yet still suffocatingly thick sound driven forth by staunch power chords. Much like Awe brought dissonance, Vacantfield brings disjointed and disembodied clean vocals alongside flighty ambient noise lending a rather abstract, avant-garde feel to their sound. The band never loses sight of their blackened histrionics, though, as things quickly progress into a second wave influenced riff with some nuanced melodies woven throughout. This balancing act continues through the rest of “Lachesis”, treading a fine line between solid black metal with subtle underlying melodies and avant-garde weirdness. The track is really reminiscent of the French black metal scene of late, such as Deathspell Omega, Aosoth and S.V.E.S.T.

Closing out the trilogy with the story of Atropos, End brings, perhaps, the most straight forward track of the split. Focusing on the story of the sister who cuts the threads of life, End brings a mostly mid-paced track with plenty of captivating trem lines and rather garbled, distant sounding screams. While that could describe any number of bands, End’s use of prominently thundering bass lines stands out. The mid-paced black metal proceeds with little flair before giving way to a repeated melodic lick, chanting vocals and a dash of epic keyboard filling out the background which finally gives way to a short segment of dark ambient soundscapes. This serves as a jumping point for the band to present a dose of fantastic Hellenic-tinged black metal, replete with a grandiose atmospheric backdrop amid crunchy black metal with melodic flourishes. Balancing between the triumphant Hellenic sound and standard second wave fare, “Atropos” shows End maturing in comparison to their previous material.

Moerae is a must have for any fan of the Greek black metal scene. This split consists of three bands from Athens all paying tribute to the local mythology, with each band bringing a sprawling track over sixteen minutes. While all three bands share their hometown, each band brings their own distinct sound with individual influences juxtaposed alongside their black metal. Despite the different directions each band takes their sound, the tracks on Moerae play through more like an album than a collection of tracks crammed together. All in all, a great release that showcases the talent the Athens scene has to offer.

Written for The Metal Observer.