|Review: Soul Dissolution - Stardust|
Label: Black Lion Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 18, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
This is atmospheric black metal that's both soothing (metallically speaking, of course) and quite melancholic, though not so much as to fall into the depressive category. All the instruments come out crystal clear and the result is a very full sound that grabs you and all you have to do is go along for the ride. The vocals are raspy/screechy and decipherable to some extent and sound desperate and tortured while being melodic and I found that the approach adds a lot to the atmosphere. This is not a speedfest, largely hovering in the slow to mid-paced sphere, though there are a few speedier moments that kick you way back to the mid-90s in terms of style and, while this kind of clashes with the rest, it nonetheless fits when taking in the album as a whole. This is the kind of black metal I like to listen to when I need to calm down and relax.
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