Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, April 17, 2017 Under: English
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.
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