Review from Valley of Steel

April 17, 2018
From: Valley of Steel 
Published: April 12, 2018 

Yesterday, Hypnotic Dirge released the second album by None. The label describes them as a “two-piece Depressive Black Metal entity from the Pacific Northwest.” Digging a bit further reveals that they are in fact from the northwestern USA (to avoid confusion since the label itself is from Canada). And that is literally all we’ve been able to uncover, as “none” also accurately describes how much of an online presence this band maintains.

But that’s fine: it doesn’t require any background information to be able to listen to something and appreciate it. So without any further extraneous introductory remarks, let’s jump straight to the music. 

The cheerily-epithetted Life Has Gone On Long Enough consists of seven tracks, of which (surprisingly enough) only two include the word “Dead” in their titles. Interpolating intermittent bits of ambient synth stuff and sparsely plunked piano notes before, between, and during the more metallic segments, the music conveys a rather bleak and joyless mood. But neither does it come across as angry, or — to be honest — even sad, much of the time. The subdued drums and mildly distorted guitar — as well as the heavily reverbed, harshly rasped vocals — all hint at a blackened style. But everything here seems slightly out of focus, just a bit fuzzy, and (especially in relation to typical black metal) rather lethargic.

Essentially, this is listening to a black metal album on a cassette player whose batteries are slowly wearing out, after swallowing a handful of barbiturates. Forty-six-plus minutes of sheer catharsis, that gradually breaks down into nothingness. Ask your doctor if None is right for you. May cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how None affects you.

Review from Metal Injection

April 11, 2018
From: Metal Injection
Published: April 10, 2018

Expectations can be a prickly thing. When NONE's Life has gone on long enough was first previewed over at Invisible Oranges, I was genuinely enraptured. Lead single "Bed the cold earth" was a somber, contemplative, and suitably desolate experience. If that were a sign of things to come, NONE's sophomore record could've been a modern black metal gem. The music was appropriately thin and chilling but offered just enough melody and ambia...

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Review from Thonium Magazine

April 11, 2018
From: Thonium Magazine
Published: April 9, 2018

Un an jour pour jour après la sortie de leur album éponyme sur l’étiquette Hypnotic Dirge Records, NONE de Portland en Oregon, nous reviennent avec un titre tout aussi nihiliste qu’atmosphérique; Life Has Gone On Long Enough (LHGOLE). Épousant le genre du Cascadian Black Metal, NONE se veut un groupe qui s’éloigne toutefois du Black Metal quasi primitif de Wolves In The Throne Room et qui se tourne quasiment sur le Post-Ro...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

April 8, 2018
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: April 8, 2018 

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

We met None on last year’s self-titled debut album, and it comes as some surprise to see there’s a new one here already, (scheduled for release on the same day as the first, no less).

The style of Life Has Gone on Long Enough is a cross between the atmospheric and depressive strains of black metal. There’s also a doom influence at play in the music too. It’s...

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 Released: April 11, 2018
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Genre: Depressive Black Metal

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