|Review: Austere/Lyrinx - Only the Wind Remembers / Ending the Circle of Life|
|Only the Wind Remembers / Ending the Circle of Life|
Label: Eerie Art Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 9, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:Only the Wind Remembers / Ending the Circle of Life
Today is winter solstice. Outside, a wicked snowstorm is washing away the great white north's scenery. This is the most horrible time of the year coming. This is Black Metal weather and time.
The XXI Century Suicide Manifesto has been laid down on CD with this split album. As always, splits are appreciated for giving us a chance to discover new talented acts, and very often they contain exclusive material, making them even more valuable. This release is made of four long tracks; 11 to 13 minutes for Australian act Austere, and 16 to 18 minutes for Britain's own Lyrinx. This is a great anti-Christmas gift! Suicidal Black Metal is the description provided by Eerie Art Records, and I can only agree with them! Long, hypnotizing, intense and sadly melodic compositions evolving in a highly distorted sound environment, is basically what this album is all about. Austere's music has a rather raw edge, still including nice harmonies in the shape of arpeggios and acoustic guitar parts. I believe some keyboards are also present in the suffocating atmosphere, in which the tortured rasps are desperately agonizing. As for Lyrinx's work, they have a more refined sound, with some very good discrete / ghostly sort of rasps. The drumming is punchier; crushing are the riffs in a few instances; good distorted arpeggios lay an extra layer of harmonies, while a bit of a psychedelic edge complete the melo/depressive Black Metal portrait.
Definitely a great bleak and grim offering!
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