|Review: Striborg - Autumnal Melancholy|
Label: Displeased Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 14, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
I've reviewed a couple releases from Striborg before and always sort of enjoyed them, even though the music recorded was far from being great or outstanding. Striborg is the solo project of Australian Black Metal artist Sin Nanna.
When I got this promo, I was expecting what I was used to hear from this act: spacey/ambient keyboards, interacting with raw and fast paced Black Metal along with distortion galore. Well, I was a bit surprised by Autumnal Melancholy . Not that it changed drastically, but Striborg has come up with a more mature and refined series of compositions this time around. This does not make his music or himself more accessible though. The promo sheet even says: "no contact, no interviews". Autumnal Melancholy sounds just like its title suggests. This CD, over an hour long, is bleak, cold and depressive. There are still fast and highly distorted parts combined with those ambient keyboard passages, but one can feel an improvement in the production and songwriting. Some very depressive moments were immortalized on this grey album . The mid or even slower pieces are simply doomed to the bone. The ghostly rasps are completing, more than appropriately, the eerie musical landscape. Two of the best compositions prove my saying: the long lasting blackly depressing tracks #6 and 7, namely "Autumnal Melancholy" and "Meandering in Sorrow". Clean dissonant arpeggios are quite reminiscent of Xasthur, which fans of this antipodean artist should highly appreciate.
Here collide ambient passages with cold rawness and melodic/depressive beauties in bleak autumnal melancholy.
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