Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lyrinx / Elysian Blaze / D.O.R. - Universal Absence

Here is a three way split between three very similar bands. All playing a type of black metal that I've been hearing a lot more of lately. Its really thinly produced spacious and laden with reverb. The music is really mid-paced to slow and often quite dirgey. Almost like doom's aesthetic only on a higher intonation. Anyways Lyrinx kick it off with some really repetitive material that relies moreso on its tinny production that the music being played. Its decent at times, but more forgettable than anything. Elysian Blaze offer us a glimpse into what may perhaps be somewhat of a new direction for them, furthering what they displayed with prowess on their "Levitating the Carnal" opus. The track "Black Hole Euphoria" takes on a much more grueling and agonizing pace, drudging along like an night fog. The sound here reminds me a lot of newer Nortt only this tends to keep my attention a bit better. This song has such an ethereal and downtrodden pace to it, I really cant get enough to it. I cant imagine how awesome there forthcoming double LP is going to be. By the time D.O.R.'s material rolls around, i'd be surprised if anyone is in the mood to listen to them. Which is sort of a shame because they're not all that bad, but again, relying too heavily on the lack of production value here.

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