Review from ZWareMetalen

October 1, 2019
From: ZWareMetalen
Published: September 29, 2019

Hypnotic Dirge Records volg ik al sinds 2009 en het verheugt me om te zien dat ze nog steeds bezig zijn op dezelfde leest met het uitbrengen van middelgrote bekendheidsband en daarmee een steevast solide kwaliteitsniveau bereiken. Eén van de bands die daar nu zijn derde album uitbrengt is het Amerikaanse None (ook wel NONE genoemd hier en daar). Het debuutalbum None vond ik overtuigend genremateriaal, de opvolger Life Has Gone On Long Enough (wat een titel) heb ik vorig jaar gemist. Er is ook een derde album verschenen dit jaar – hoe ze het volhouden weet ik niet – genaamd Damp Chill of Life. Haal de confetti en taart alvast maar boven.



Het is allemaal niet gemakkelijk, het leven dat de mens(en) achter None moet(en) doormaken. Een heel erg trieste bedoening. Niet enkel fysiek, ook emotioneel heeft er een complete freezing plaatsgevonden die er voor zorgt dat een rouwproces nooit heeft kunnen plaatsvinden. In plaats daarvan is er lijden, lijden en nog eens lijden. Pijn in alle geledingen. Hoeveel er ook tergend en gekweld gekeeld en ‘geschruweld’ wordt, niets helpt. De atmosferische depressieve black is een creatief syndroom dat ontspruit uit de maalstroom aan pijn, een onuitputtelijke bron aan afzien, vertaald in abrasief ruisende gitaren en passief agressieve drums met behoorlijk wat tempo. Soms weerklinken bitterzoete toetsen en akoestische meewarigheid, met een verknipt uplifting spirit, om vervolgen weer ondergesneeuwd te raken in de verzwelgende melancholische sfeer en het beknellende iele geluid van de gitaren. Onderliggend heb je hier en daar een Finse melodoom feel die zich mengt in het pure depressieve blackmetalgedoe, een gevoel dat vooral door een degelijke productie (en de sfeervolle synths) versterkt wordt – iets wat je in het genre van depressieve black metal maar weinig zo degelijk voorgeschoteld krijgt als bij dit None.

Hier en daar zie ik de naam Burzum opduiken als referentie, iets wat zeker genuanceerd dient te worden. De ingrediënten en uitvoering zijn dan wel gelijkaardig, maar None is een stuk melancholischer, neerslachtiger. Denk dus eerder in de richting van een ColdWorld, Totalselfhatred of Sombres Forêts als je blindelings wil instappen.

Rating: 79/100
Reviewed by: Bart Al Foet 

 

Review from Ave Noctum

July 15, 2019
From: Ave Noctum
Published: July 15, 2019

Although I’m writing about this in the summertime the Damp Chill Of Life is never far away waiting to cast its arthritic pall on proceedings. Masters of depressive and atmospheric doomed blackness, USA based shadowy entities None are back with their 3rd album. Thanks to label Hypnotic Dirge they have been casting their cold misery on me since 1st self-titled album in 2017 and with ‘Life Has Gone On Long Enough’ following in 2018 it se...

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Review from The Headbanging Moose

July 13, 2019
From: The Headbanging Moose
Published: July 11, 2019

Since their introduction in the spring of 2017, the enigmatic and anonymous Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal unity NONE, from Portland, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest, has crafted disturbing and emotionally devastating music that have garnered the attention of many listeners of the genre. After having released their self-titled debut opus on April 11, 2017, a thick shroud of piercing guitar interwoven with haunting synth and ...

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Review from Metal Addicts

July 13, 2019
From: Metal Addicts
Published: July 3, 2019

What would happen if Pink Floyd and Slayer musically meet? I really don’t know but None with “Damp Chill of Life” may be considered the lost link between them in an enormous variety of ways. None show us that the sweet and tender may be affected by the acid and hard in order to make a very different kind of music that disturbs the laymen. It disturbs because the main idea is to write sweet melodies in the most common facet to then s...

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Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

July 1, 2019
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: June 30, 2019

Se per la maggioranza di noi l’11 aprile non ricopre un significato particolare, così non deve essere per gli anonimi musicisti dietro al progetto None. Negli ultimi tre anni, puntuali come un orologio, hanno infatti scelto questa data per pubblicare il nuovo materiale, che nel 2019 è stato raccolto sotto il titolo Damp Chill Of Life. Nessun tipo di informazione traspare dalla consultazione del libretto, niente testi o foto ch...

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Review from Metal Temple

May 20, 2019
From: Metal Temple
Published: May 17, 2019 

If the readers watched “Lords of Chaos”, you all can understand that many standard features of Black Metal scene were born from a fundamentalist insight in music and in the way a Metalhead must be. Today, many of those ways aren’t used anymore, but from time to time, someone resurrects something from the past. And NONE did it on “Damp Chill of Life”. The band members didn’t show their names, signing just as “anonymous” (th...

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Review from Grizzly Butts

May 12, 2019
From: Grizzly Butts
Published: May 3, 2019

Too often popular music treats depression as if it were a strike of lightning, or an extra-sensorial event, entirely separate from whatever normative state unaffected folks feign on a daily basis. The bend of a string, a weeping vocal affect, or a descent into downtempo swooning offer a simplified and fetishistic treatment of sorrow that is altogether inhumane in its core assumption. As if a leaking anesthetic gas tamed by an open window t...

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Review from In Your Eyes Zine

May 2, 2019
From: In Your Eyes Webzine
Published: May 1, 2019

LNone è il nome di un progetto atmospheric black del quale poco si sa, se non il fatto che la sua provenienza è la sempre fertile per queste sonorità terra statunitense.

Damp Chill of Life è il terzo full length che, come quelli usciti nel 2017 e nel 2018, è stato pubblicato puntualmente l’11 aprile, data che evidentemente riveste un significato preciso per questo musicista (probabile infatti che si tratti di un solo project)....

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Review from Metal.it

April 29, 2019
From: Metal.it
Published: April 26, 2019 

Scrivere questa recensione mi risulta particolarmente difficile.
Difficile, se non impossibile, tramutare in parole il pesantissimo carico di emozioni che un disco come "Damp Chill of Life" è in grado di suscitare in modo così straziante.
I "solchi" di questo album hanno poco a che fare con la semplice musica ed il loro contenuto travalica qualsiasi genere per arrivare a toccare l'animo di tutti coloro i quali si nutrono di dolore, tristezz...

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Review from Metal Bulletin

April 14, 2019
From: Metal Bulletin
Published: April 13, 2019

None is “depressive black metal”—subgenre that is stubbornly unwilling to disappear despite the merciless derision and criticism coming from some quarters—and it’s presumably a human alone working in a hu/wo/it/man/cave somewhere in the state of Oregon, U.S., where it is grey, cold, cloudy and rainy, and where, to add insult to injury, the beaches do not even warm up during the months of July and August, so there might as wel...

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 Released: April 11, 2019
1000 Copies
Genre: Atmospheric / Depressive Black Metal

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