Review from Musipedia of Metal

April 5, 2019
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: April 3, 2019

Damp Chill Of Life is None’s third album, coming exactly 1 year after their second album Life Has Gone On Long Enough, which came 1 year after their self titled debut. The band, which is based in America’s Pacific Northwest, is made up of one or possibly 2 people who wish to remain anonymous (the information I got with this album credits Instrumentation to Anonymous, and Voice to Anonymous. I’m not sure if that is 2 different anonymous people, or the same anonymous person credited twice). None play depressive black metal, a slow and achingly melancholic style of black metal. After a very quiet intro (Fade), the album kicks off with the (nearly) title track The Damp Chill Of Life. The track starts with a soft keyboard intro, before a slow guitar riff comes in. The guitar is very fuzzy and lo-fi in sound. The music drips sadness and sorrow, which fits with the mournful vocals, which are fairly low in the mix, but the anguished nature of them help them to cut through the music. 

Cease is a soft keyboard led track, it’s soft and minimalist. About halfway through a deeply desolate guitar riff comes in, bringing with it some woeful vocals. We go back to soft keyboards for the ending. You did a good thing is a very slow, sad keyboard instrumental which leads into the next track It’s Painless To Let Go. This track is slow, with a relaxed pacing, spoken vocals and a beautiful melody lead guitar. I Yearn To Feel starts with acoustic guitar and piano. As the track goes on it gains more drive and feels tighter. The track is soft, lilting and beautifully melancholic. Final song A Chance I’d Never Have opens with an up-tempo acoustic guitar riff, that feels slightly uplifting, before guitar and harsh vocals come in and we are back in forlorn, sad territory. The song goes back to clean acoustic guitar and clean, whispered vocals again. After this softer section the song goes back to harsh and heavy. In this section None give us the only thing on the album that could be described as a blast beat. The track then goes back to soft for the ending of the album. Damp Chill Of Life is a great album. 

Yes, it’s got a really sad atmosphere to it, but that is in many ways the point, this is depressive black metal after all. The overall sense you get with the album is cathartic and cleansing. It might be counter intuitive that what helps you deal with sadness and depression, is achingly sad music like this, but whether it’s counter intuitive or not, it is true. This album is desperately sorrowful, but that's the point, this sombre feeling is what drives the depression away, and allows you to deal with life’s disappointment and desolation. Not everyone will get this album, but if you do get it, there’s nothing out there that can match it. 

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Paul S
 

Review from Infernal Masquerade Webzine

April 2, 2019
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: April 2, 2019

There are good releases and then there are those albums that crawl under your skin and make you crave for more. NONE has continuously delivered some of the most punishing and bleak Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal releases since its inception and “Damp Chill of Life” is yet another brilliant addition to their discography. Filled with haunting atmospheric elements and just the right amount of heaviness, this release is...

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Review from Cadaver Garden

April 2, 2019
From: Cadaver Garden
Published: April 1, 2019 

In complete spirit crushing fashion, NONE is set to unleash their third full length release titled Damp Chill of Life. After their self titled debut and last years record Life Has Gone On Long Enough, you can come to expect great depressive atmospheric black metal from these shadow lurkers. Destroying optimism, stealing light and replacing it with bitter shadow, NONE offers up seven brand new tracks that are sure to leave you in a pale...

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Review from VM Underground

March 31, 2019
From: V-M Underground
Published: March 28, 2019

Plunged into the darkened enclaves of misery and suicidal depression, None has returned with their third studio album issuing a perfect sonic representation of despondency with their  heavily distorted and fuzzy album “Damp Chill of Life”.

The bleakness, haunting and dreadful, is a euphonious swarm of distortion with glimpses of melancholic guitar and piano that formulate the most morose album I’ve heard this year. Each song blen...

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Review from Dead Metal Music

March 16, 2019
From: Dead Metal Music
Published: March 16, 2019

The band's first two full-lengths were released on 11th April (of both 2017 and 2018), and number three is arriving like clockwork.

As with its predecessors, this is a haunting slab of atmospheric depressive black metal. Accessible would be the wrong word, but it certainly is captivating.

Prepare to be transported to a land of contrast - cold and warmth, space and suffocation, sadness and catharsis, beauty and pain.

None navigate (and i...

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

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