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Album of the day: Tempestuous Fall – The Stars Would Not Awake You

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: A common pitfall of performing in a style closely linked to a specific time and place is that an overwhelming proportion of contemporary bands do their best to sound exactly like those sub-sub-sub-genre founders. But not Dis Pater, a wretched hermit from Brisbane, Australia, who busies himself with a number of solo projects all vaguely floating among the realms of extreme metal. His fantastic double album Funerals From The Astral Sphere, which was released last year under the Midnight Odyssey moniker, did much to shift the boundaries of black metal with its emphasis on sweeping atmospheres over the usual irreverent Norsecore.

Now this visionary composer has turned his hand to funeral doom, similarly a movement plagued by acts who just want to be Thergothon. As might be expected, his interpretation sounds little like the uninspired thralls that still diligently ape their masters.

Adopting the guise of Tempestuous Fall, this first release, The Stars Would Not Awake You, is easily identifiable as doom metal of the most gloomy, dismal shade. The riffs are deep, droning and enormous, with familiar harmony-laden guitar lines creeping in here and there, all dragged onwards by spacious, reverberant drumming. But what really makes the album stand out is its cosmic production.

Dis Pater has already proven himself to be a studio wizard, drenching previous records with an otherworldly shimmer that sends the listener on a graceful plummet through space and time. Ranging from ornate synth hums to an entire electronic orchestra, this symphonic element to Dis Pater’s palette returns with a vengeance in Tempestuous Fall, and perhaps plays an even more important role here than in his mainstay project.

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Album of the day: SWANS – The Seer

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: There are a couple of clear messages in Michael Gira’s statements regarding The Seer and his ultimate goal with the band that also go hand in hand with the reasons behind their reunion two years ago. If one listens to the hectic, dense delivery of this […]

Album of the day: Vetter – Vetterkult

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Of all the genre labels on Metal Archives, none does a worse job of capturing a band’s sound than Vetter’s. “Folk / Viking Black Metal” accounts at best for about 10% of Vetterkult, the 9-year-old project’s debut album. The rest is a dizzying patchwork of musical […]

Album of the day: Witch Mountain – Cauldron of the Wild

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Female-fronted doom is in serious danger of tipping over from zeitgeist to trend. Seemingly from nowhere, a crop of bands have emerged that seems to have captured the imagination of a fairly disparate audience. Previous experience dictates that the wider an influence spreads, the greater the […]

Album of the day: Horse Latitudes – Awakening

Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Obelisk riffs of ritual and tradition, revelations from the mouth of madness, reverberations that move the soul: Horse Latitudes have come a long way since 2010’s Gathering, which left this LURKER speechless. The staple skyscraper riffs, low-end worship and oral harmonies have all been strengthened by […]

Album of the day: Monarch – Omens

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Witchcraft, in all of its manifestations, has a strong appeal for visual and music artists given its implicit mysticism and strong lore, evoking those primal, vague memories of forests, torched wood, pale sand and shadowy creatures of the night. Man alone against Nature, attempting to explain […]

Album of the day: Asva – Presences of Absences

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Constant progression has been the implicit premise behind Stuart Dahlquist’s brainchild since its beginning, back when it was barely transitioning from Burning Witch’s ashes. The metal roots were definitely there, but even at that point (with the Caprichos / Rift Cannon Dreams split) there was something […]

Album of the day: Ural Umbo – Delusion of Hope

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Like a spectral entity resurfacing from the murky depths of the Pacific Ocean to prey under a new form, Ural Umbo has sought to reinvent itself. By applying a heavier, coarser sound to their sparse, haunting melodies, Delusion of Hope creates a whole new experience that […]

Album of the day: Hateful Abandon – Move

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2011

As we move towards the end of 2011, here’s a worthy record that we overlooked the first time around earlier this year. Lovingly pinched from Lurker: Our daily lives are awash in seas of egoistic, materialistic, ideologic-less whisperings. We are slowly but surely destroying the earth. Religious fundamentalists are sharpening […]

Album of the day: A Death Cinematic – Your Fate Twisting Epic, In Its Crushing Moments

Posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Lovinglyly pinched from Lurker: Over the years, Lurker has had the privilege of speaking with many artists we’ve come to admire. Cult legends and complete upstarts have both contributed at length to these musty columns, giving personal insights into the deepest inner workings of their art. But among them, one […]