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Review: Yellow Eyes - Immersion Trench Reverie
Yellow Eyes
Immersion Trench Reverie

Label: Gilead Media
Year released: 2017
Duration: 45:47
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: November 7, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
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Rated 4.44/5 (88.89%) (9 Votes)

It's always gratifying to see a band fully develop their potential over the course of their discography. Where many bands either stagnate or peter out, Yellow Eyes never rested on their laurels, always striving to explore new aspects of their sound while remaining true to their unique vision. This is all preface to the fact that on Immersion Trench Reverie, I think they finally reached what they were aiming for on previous albums, and they made an excellent album while doing so.

I'm almost tempted to just copy and paste my review for Rare Field Ceiling here, as this album is actually a lot like it. You get the expected rambling riffs that develop over the entirety of the compositions, the inventive melodic licks that they lead to and are supported by, and atmospheric sounds of chimes and winds that serve as interludes between tracks, but here the band started incorporating Slavic chanting that adds to the cold yet inviting feel the band has always evoked. Outside of that, all the positives I said about Rare Field Ceiling apply here, only the songwriting is less consistent in that the opener is a bit typical for a Yellow Eyes song, even with the new bells and whistles, and tracks like "Shrillness in the Heated Grass" and the massive album closer "Jubilet" are superior to anything on the following album, and arguably the best songs they've written so far. This album stands as the best representation of what Yellow Eyes are all about, and anyone who still needs an introduction to them should start here.

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