Review from Merchants of Air

April 17, 2017
From: Merchants of Air
Published: April 17, 2017

None is an album by the eponymous atmospheric black metal act, released on April 11, by Hypnotic Dirge Records. Thirty minutes long, the record has only three songs: Cold, Wither and Suffer. A surprising, sinister, melancholic and exceedingly artistic album, the melodies are astoundingly poetic, and elevates to a vigorous and consistent scale of sound the omnipresent lucidity of an original and overwhelming style. 

With impeccable harmonies, a depressive tone and a frozen atmosphere, the music of None reaches a zenith where the beauty collides with the pragmatic soul of the sound, propelled by an intuitive sense of sincerity and logic, that converts the proficiently evasive harmonies into an organic panel of dreams. The precise convergence of instruments into a complete cosmogony of sound reiterates the strength and the sagacity of a very formidable and acute artistic sensibility, that not only fully comprehends the genre, but knows how to use it for creative purposes. 

With an audacious level of originality, that explores the best elements the genre has to offer, the perfect amalgamation of traditional and atmospheric black metal components gives to None’s music a vivid perspective of their own nature, abridged by a sense of fundamental infinity. With a genuinely sonorous exposition of the sentiments behind their art, the spectacle created and completed by these three songs can be seen as an overwhelming grey ocean that reluctantly emphasizes the darkness of the human character, although in a more sensible and subtle constitution. 

A very interesting album, that perfectly summarizes the spirit of atmospheric black metal, here inserted in the wider scope of a truly elegant and sophisticated musicality, None can be fully understood as a virtual journey that delicately explains the dynamics of its own sorrowful sincerity. A wonderful work that elevates the genre into a higher level of majesty, this record deserves to be considered one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year.


Review from In Your Eyes Zine

April 17, 2017
From: In Your Eyes Zine
Published: April 15, 2017 

Interessante lavoro da parte di questa band americana dedita ad un black metal atmosferico e dalle forti sfumature depressive.

Tre brani per circa una mezz’ora di buona musica sono il fatturato di quest’album autointitolato, pubblicato dalla Hypnotic Dirge: anche se il monicker None non è certo di quelli che si ricordano in maniera imperitura ed il genere suonato è discretamente inflazionato, il lavoro regala con buona continu...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

April 8, 2017
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: April 7, 2017

None are a black metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

This album contains 30 minutes of material that combines atmospheric and depressive black metal.

The song titles – Cold, Wither, Suffer – pretty much describe this release quite well.

Dark, bleak and icy cold, the songs on None are exactly what you’d expect from the cover – this is frosted black metal that’s full of despair, misery and heartbreaking melanchol...

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Review from Ave Noctum Webzine

April 2, 2017
From: Ave Noctum Webzine
Published: April 1, 2017

It’s probably not surprising that there is little in the way of information available about a band called None. They don’t pop up in the normal places you would try and gather facts about everything from band members to releases, inside leg measurements and favourite colours, although as far as the last question is concerned no doubt the answer would be black. All we have to go on is a scant introduction from the Canadian Record...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade Webzine

April 2, 2017
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: March 30, 2017

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, today we have None and their bone chilling self-titled debut release. Set to be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records, this Canadian label has managed to uncover one of the most atmospherically rich Black Metal outfits to ever come out of the USA. Featuring around 30 minutes of music, this release concocts long song filled with brutality and beauty. With similar influences to Cascadian BM b...

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Review from Dead Rheteric

March 28, 2017
From: Dead Rheteric Webzine
Published: March 28, 2017 

None is a Pacific Northwestern band playing black metal. That should give you a pretty good indication of what the band is starting with, at least. But it may not, in fact, give you the whole picture. While some of the book can certainly be judged by the cover this time around, it’s not the end-all, be-all for this depressive (the style, not the quality) debut.

Mixing a vibe that is distinctly Cascadian and thoroughly depressi...

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Review from The Killchain Blog

March 28, 2017
From: The Killchain Blog
Published: March 27, 2017

Cold. Bleak. Depressing as fuck. Probably the three most important elements of the self titled debut of None, hailing from the miserable Pacific Northwest. This three track EP is full of gloriously bleak moments, and Hypnotic Dirge is releasing it in April, when hopefully the wintry feelings that this invokes will be gone.

Opener ‘Cold’ is exactly that. Numb keyboard melodies lurk within a dense buzzing soundscape of snow and ic...

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Review from Occult Black Metal Zine

March 18, 2017
From: Occult Black Metal Zine
Published: March 18, 2017

None  are  a  band  from  the  Pacific  Northwest  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive form of blackmetal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by Hypnotic Dirge Records.

Atmospheric  and  tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and they also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  depressive  gui...

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 Released: April 11, 2017
300 Copies
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal


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