Review from Sputnik Music

April 14, 2019
From: Sputnik Music
Published: April 7, 2019 

Damp Chill of Life is a poignant slab of cohesively crafted atmospheric black metal, using the DNA from Burzum’s earlier works to form the bulk of this nihilistic and oppressive soundscape. With that, it’s fairly easy to gather an idea of what to expect from this band’s third effort. Second-wave black metal is followed, almost, to the letter; be it the haunting guitar melodies, lo-fi fuzz, reverb-y drums, or the genre’s signature buzzsaw guitar tones – there’s a real sense of impassioned admiration for 90s Norwegian black metal here. None does implement enough contemporary traits that add flourishes of colour to the record – namely the juxtaposition of raw production-meets-beautiful clarity for certain aspects of the album’s overall sound, but by and large this sounds like something from the Hvis lyset tar oss- Filosofem era of Burzum. It’s hardly a criticism either, as one of the biggest takeaways from listening to Damp Chill of Life is its densely distinct, foreboding atmosphere. There’s a frozen glaze over the dank instrumentation that goes hand in hand with the excellent album art that accompanies the record: the piano keys are mournfully played throughout and serve as the winsome dynamic to the mainstay grime and decay that burrows underneath the songs. 

Nothing on here is particularly original, but it’s the kind of record that displays the band’s capabilities and worth as writers – making a lot of what they lend from the pioneers their own. The lamenting wails and shrill screams aren’t quite up there with the genre’s greats, but varied vocal approaches – a la “It’s Painless to Let Go” which trades screams for melody-tinged croons – add spice where they’re needed the most, and the yin-yang of the clean and raw production is used pretty effectively as well. “A Chance I’d Never Have” is the finest example of this, forming a correlative bond between tranquil stillness – made possible by the song’s vulnerably bare acoustic guitar – and explosive rage; the song utilizes both emotions to their fullest, and when it comes to the crescendos of the piece, they always feel cathartic. But the standout for the track is ultimately in the way it has been recorded: a handling best summed up as beauty and the beast, as the rhythm section rides on prosaic genre tropes while the layers of acoustic and clean electric guitar attempt to seize the darkness these ominous explosions emit. It’s a bloody great closing track, and it encompasses all of the album’s best qualities. There’s a lot of atmospheric metal out there these days, but None manage to grab the alluring spark artists like Burzum, Agalloch and Summoning have when they release music. It’s not a new standard for black metal, but Damp Chill of Life definitely makes you muse and appreciate how far the genre has come by the time you’ve finished listening to it.

Rating: 4.2/5
Reviewed by: Simon
 

Review from United Rock Nations

April 14, 2019
From: United Rock Nations
Published: April 12, 2019

On ne sait de None que bien peu de choses. Le groupe serait composé de deux musiciens et serait originaire du Pacifique Nord Ouest. Cette mystérieuse formation a déjà offert deux méfaits, un premier album éponyme sorti en 2017 et ''Life Has Gone On Long Enough'' en 2018. None revient donc seulement après un an avec ''Damp Chill Of Life'', qui sort le 11 avril via Hypnotic Dirge Records.

None est un groupe de Black Metal dép...

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Review from Dead Rheteric

April 14, 2019
From: Dead Rheteric
Published: April 7, 2019 

Another April is upon us and with it comes a new NONE release. Maybe it’s tied to a date of meaning for one of the anonymous members of the band and maybe it’s a reflection of the fact that at this point in April winter is still very present in more northern areas. Whatever the case Damp Chill of Life continues to see the band grow, this time with more focus than ever on the quieter aspects of its sound. There’s a distinct sense o...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

April 8, 2019
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: April 8, 2019

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

The artists behind None have released an album every April since 2017’s very enjoyable self titled debut. In 2018 we were treated to the superior and very well-formed Life Has Gone on Enough, which saw the band’s blackened vision improve even further. Now it’s 2019, and we have Damp Chill of Life, the apex of their development so far.

None play atmospheric black...

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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 ...

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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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