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 well not be any beaches there in the first place because you cannot go in the water, unless you have a salt cold ocean water death wish.

None is, we may assume, one person that miserably enjoys taking slow and melancholic guitar notes, add sad keyboards to the recipe, and a trustworthy drum programming software, all the while recording/cutting/pasting and adding studio magic for the perfect agonizing-desperate-tortured-soul screams that sound like they were recorded not in the recording room but rather down in the hallway with the microphone at nice, long distance so that it sounds a bit like an echo. This one person also sorrowfully delights in making this music anonymously for the (small, selective) masses around the world that cannot get enough of “depressive black metal.” This is the third album and it is completely obvious that this is not an inexperienced person who has just discovered about one-person slow sad black metal projects. This is done with a good understanding of making a do-it-yourself cave recording that can be soft, subtle and gentle, and weird, of course, because, you know, keep Portland weird.

You know how Iron Maiden has a million songs that have quiet introductions with Steve Harris noodling around on his bass? Well, None can play that game, too. The song “Cease” takes a full four minutes before it begins. The first four minutes are quiet or meditation or silence sounds. Then the wonderful misery starts again. The song called “You Did a Good Thing” looks like it is going to be yoga sounds. It is peaceful sounds, but then about 2:20 a huge argument (yes, people screaming-arguing, or something) breaks out and it totally ruins your yoga moment of zen, but then the yelling stops and we’re back to meditating. The depressive black metal starts up again on “It’s Painless to Let Go” and we are back to the slow sounds of the cave of misery.

Anyway, you get the picture. Fanatics and zealots of this style will need to do some shopping. A new source of quiet despair has just shown up in your radar.


Review from Chama do Metal

April 14, 2019
From: Chama Do Metal
Published: April 12, 2019

Lançado neste ano de 2019, The Damp Chill of Life é o terceiro álbum do projeto anônimo intitulado “None”. Trata-se de um projeto de Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal estadunidense, “misterioso”, diga-se de passagem. Sem delongas, o álbum é bem característico, tendo maior foco justamente na atmosfera, como apresentado pela faixa “You Did a Good Thing”, sem a presença do tradicional trio guitarra/baixo/bateria. Os t...

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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 signatur...

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