Ethereal Shroud
Absolution|Emptiness


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
October 19th, 2013 | 13 replies | 1,695 views


Release Date: 10/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The misty moors of your travels stretch on and on…

In a world of over-populated, genre-twisting black metal, there’s always acts that build upon the foundations and provide something worthy of multiple listens. Granted, it’s not thinking too far out of the box (if at all), but for what it’s worth, this anonymous act without label or known working location makes the most of a sound that treats the listeners’ mind to a host of emotions. Absolution|Emptiness is a promising debut built directly from the shadows, working off a base of simplicity this depressive black metal act highlights some of funeral doom’s best attributes and blends them into a showcase of swelling chords and underlying despair. Helping personify the grandeur around such a release is the fact that Ethereal Shroud’s music can stay completely ambiguous, making it relatable to any situation or ‘feeling’ a listener wants to build on – as long as you can appreciate the darker side of life.

Absolution|Emptiness shows a melancholic display of (mostly) instrumental compositions. In fact, where the vocals do surface they hold a rather minimalistic feel, adding to the atmospheric traits found throughout the entire of this forty minute debut rather than pulling the limelight directly into their distinctly dark patterns. At times, the album floats into tranquil atmospherics and clean tones. It’s almost Alcest like on the album’s title track, where the clean tones override the simple black metal aesthetics. Sure, a name drop like this could contend directly with the quality levels of such a piece, but as it stands the mention is not without its merits.

Take the album’s opening track for example: “Depressed Blood, Fertilize the Soil” doesn’t leave much to show a revolutionary act; rather it builds the atmosphere and sets a tone for the record as a whole. It’s bleak, melancholic and not without its own hurdles. For those unfamiliar with the genre, the long-ish track times come with the territory. Five tracks spanning forty minutes with an average run time of eight minutes (although track times will often exceed that average) gives listeners a lot to take in with little time for reprieve.

These days it seems that this music formula is becoming all the more popular, where on paper they sound almost the same. Ethereal Shroud takes the ‘norm’ of today’s metal and finds a sound that’s not completely unique, but stands by itself. Overall, the underlying despair found throughout Absolution|Emptiness makes a break from the usual pretty or overly technical metal presence found in today’s scene. It’s fresh, but not unique- but that’s perfectly okay, we don’t need to be reinventing the wheel at every turn.



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zaruyache
October 19th 2013



4853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easily the best black metal release of the year. Fantastic project. The music really captures the agony of a twisted soul.

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Keyblade
October 19th 2013



13296 Comments


Bm + funeral doom huh...gotta check

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 19th 2013



8591 Comments


http://etherealshroud.bandcamp.com/

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SAPoodle
October 19th 2013



399 Comments


Sounds like fun

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zaruyache
October 19th 2013



4853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is very.

ThyCrossAwaits
October 20th 2013



3009 Comments


Free download?

I'll fuck wit it

zaruyache
November 3rd 2013



4853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was jamming this a few days ago and it seriously rules.

slidenslip
November 3rd 2013



1016 Comments


entry level

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2013



8591 Comments


you must be pretty hardcore

zaruyache
November 6th 2013



4853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He eats pieces of nails for breakfast and carves a pentagram on his forehead every morning.

zaruyache
December 18th 2013



4853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This project people is/are working on a new release fyi. Gonna rule. Hopefully it'll be out real soon.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2013



8591 Comments


lol if nothing else it proves how easy this shit is to churn out

zaruyache
December 19th 2013



4853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Silence heathen.



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