Starless Night
The Depression Lingers V: The Final Chapter...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
March 25th, 2013 | 15 replies | 945 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Things can get pretty bleak, things tend to get suicidal

There’s something to be said about the whole suicidal black metal genre. Firstly, for those who would like to point out that the black metal genre itself isn’t the happiest of genres and adding a “suicidal” tag may just be pointless, need to recognise a couple of things. This isn’t your conventional Burzum, Marduk or Mayhem; instead it’s a brand of metal that conveys deep emotion, torment, anguish, pain and suffering without matching the stereotypes of the funeral doom genre. One noticeable difference is that the tracks’ tempos remain relatively upbeat. The other, well the music implies you may just want to hang yourself, especially considering just how dark the overall context backed by some of the bleakest music the metal genre has ever heard as a whole. In a series of releases (even those as EP’s) Starless Night present, The Depression Lingers V - The Final Chapter…. An album, originally released as a single track entity, then with the inclusion of a bonus track delves into some of the darkest points in human nature. The result is ultimately beautiful, taking the typical aesthetics of the genre and pushing them to a point where the listener can’t help but feel the pain and torment through their speakers. In case it hasn’t already been surmised, the music is raw, depressive deliberately grating – and that’s only the beginning.

There is a depth to The Depression Lingers V - The Final Chapter…, it’s not all poorly produced and as raw as one might think. There’s actually an integral melody shaping that transcends the music, floating through it, above it and around it. More often than not it harmonises with the constant plodding tempo passages, making a huge yet subtle difference to the album blending the usual harshness of the genre with contrasting smooth flowing melody. Instead of focusing completely on the dank, dark harsh soundscapes, the music is balanced complementing each separate part of the tracks. Starless Night isn’t your normal black metal act, but at the same time the same basic fundamentals are still there. Instrumentally, everything is top notch but far from mind blowing. Simply, each and every section has its place without overriding the next source of sound. This two piece band from Florida maintains the highest of suicidal black metal standards by defining just what the best of the genre is. Make no mistake, especially with the rawness of the production, The Depression Lingers V - The Final Chapter… doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best of the genre, but for what it is, it’s fantastic building on the grounds of despair, depression, misanthropy and suffering.

At the record’s completion, it’s clear that this is a magnificent piece. With a run time of just over forty minutes, this two tracked album never outstays it welcome making the most of the time it takes. When compared to the rest of the series in the same name sake, Starless Night adds to the next chapter in the best possible way. This record adds to the overall shaping of the The Depression Lingers story. It’s great that an album built off such negative attributes can culminate in a way that comes off in sheer beauty transcending the actual tones of the music. The tracks on this album may not be anything out of the ordinary for the genre, but they do share a certain primal interest relevant to the listener. Starless Night is great at writing the soundtrack to your worse, darkest moods.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2013



6736 Comments


Quality album from a not so heard band.

CaptainDooRight
March 25th 2013



26555 Comments


wheres the urbum urt

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

FrozenVain
March 25th 2013



2265 Comments


Ace summary.
This kinda doesn't seem like my think based on your review so I won't check it out in any near future. Very good review, Robert.

FrozenVain
March 25th 2013



2265 Comments


"wheres the urbum urt"

woah...wo..WOAH!


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2013



6736 Comments


wheres the urbum urt


Where's the album rate? It's one of those glorious bandcamp 'name your price' albums.

Ace summary.
This kinda doesn't seem like my think based on your review so I won't check it out in any near future. Very good review, Robert.


Thanks dude, but I would'nt steer away from this album.


mindleviticus
March 25th 2013



7948 Comments


Oh fuck yes, so bookmarking this.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2013



17387 Comments


This isn’t your conventional Burzum, Marduk or Mayhem; instead it’s a brand of metal that conveys deep emotion


DSBM started in large part by bands worshiping burzum

Digging: Steve Moore - Zero-Point Field

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2013



6736 Comments


I know what you're getting at man, but I pointed it out that this isn't what you would expect to hear off those albums. I know where the influence came from I'm just saying Starless Night is no copy act.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2013



17387 Comments


but that whole first section is aimed at DSBM, you even start it with this sentence:

There’s something to be said about the whole suicidal black metal genre.


if you meant it to be directed at the band and not the genre then it doesnt really come across that way

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2013



6736 Comments


The context is there man, just not in two lines. It's a focus on a band compared to other bands, otherwise they wouldn't have got a single mention and that whole opening paragraph would be completely different.

if you meant it to be directed at the band and not the genre then it doesnt really come across that way


It does, but I do see what you mean and why it might come off slightly confusing if you read too much into it.


BallsToTheWall
March 25th 2013



44164 Comments


This looks like it's on MAC...KY's level.

ChristMolester
April 1st 2013



2 Comments


I have to say thank you for such a nice review, I randomly came across this today a nice surprise to say the least.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2013



6736 Comments


Thought provoking profile name. No problem glad you enjoyed such a nice review for such a hauntingly depressive record.

ChristMolester
April 1st 2013



2 Comments


HA its one I default to when I don't want to sit there for hours thinking of a user name. This is M
from the band when we read stuff like this it truly is nice

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013



6736 Comments


Fair enough, As long as the records keep on coming



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