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Review: Ensepulchred - Suicide in Winter's Moonlight
Suicide in Winter's Moonlight

Label: Autopsy Kitchen Records
Year released: 2007
Originally released in: 2006
Duration: 54:51
Tracks: 16
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 21, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Suicide in Winter's Moonlight

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

Issued in 2006 as a very limited edition, Autopsy Kitchen Records decided to bring it back to life, on CD this time, with a new design and additional tracks. This new version of Ensepulchred's Suicide in Winter's Moonlight is nearly an hour of darkness spread across 16 tracks.

This is perhaps ambient in nature but there's nothing dreamy about this music. This is haunted Black Metal with wicked raspy vocals. No drummer in the line-up, but instead bass player Owen Barker used drum machines. He also split the keyboard duties with Justin Redington (guitars and noises). The vocals of Johnathan Shipley are one of the most predominant aspects for this band, beside its chilling/spooky characters. The keyboards definitely play a major role in this music, bringing a lot of the darkness into the ghostly environment. They can also take a more symphonic or spacey approach at times. The distorted guitars here are more discrete but its distortion is very present in the soundscape. Even if the elements and formula don't change much from songs to songs, the short (2-3 minutes) compositions are not boring or redundant as such since they all have a little something making them different.

Amongst the extensive track listing, my favorite are: "Asylum", "Silent Gates", "Blood From the North", "The Cruel Silence of the Sky" and the noisy/experimental "Flesh". Suicide in Winter's Moonlight should please fans of Burzum and the likes.

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