Midnight Odyssey
Shards of Silver Fade


5.0
classic

Review

by MewCore USER (13 Reviews)
June 18th, 2015 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eternity of Inifinite Realities

As the heartbeat fade you blood pressure lowers and brain activity ceases you are pronounced - dead.
Your body is now merely a shell devoid of everything that makes you human.
But, if you are still aware of this, something must have escaped, left the decaying contraption of muscles, nerves, arteries, bones and whatnot. Awareness is not only transcending the place of departure, but also the moment, the - when. The moment begins to stretch and collapse onto itself. Objects, faces, locations and the concept itself of traveling around matter reshapes, annihilates limitation that were forced onto you during an entire life span. Idea of traveling to get to places crumbles as naturally as the gentle sunbeams of spring transform melting ice into water. Allowing it to flow. The moment of your death did not complete the circle, it has just made you aware of it. The vessel you inhabit, the self analog - expands. (You)It’s leaving the dim lighted hospital room. Faces of loved ones tainted with dread and worry are still in your thoughts. Even more clear then moments before departure. But now, the fear that devoured your entire being and made you unvoluntary expel bodily fluids mellows. You are still aware of your own fingernails, clinging into palms, awaiting for the climax of your deteriorating condition as painkillers nullify the last of life you will ever experience. But thus, fingernails are no more. Palms are no more.
The Awareness you are is no longer bound. By anything.

Remnants of conventional knowledge reminds you of Earth. Just under the first layers of dirt a vast expanse of tectonic plates slide onto itself and communicate one with another, with you, with anybody that takes his time to listen. They speak of endurance. Enduring the neverending rape of it’s pledged surface, scarred beyond recognition by man. You can feel it’s anger, it’s strength and eternal mercy for dwellers that don’t have the capacity to empathize.
But you do.

You can’t see the malnourished young mother holding her stillborn by the entrance of a fallout shelter while nuclear winter swipes across the planet.
Planetary defense station chief can’t be seen while he discharges a heated plasma burst in his mouth while systems notify that anti matter projectiles incoming from space detonated above northern hemisphere and evaporated billions.
The shape of semi sentient algae colonies that engulf an entire continent are wasting away because a solar flare scorched the ozone layer is not known to you.

The combined history of entire mankind's warfare is dwarfed by the conflicts you don’t see, but sense in a profine, purest form that further your ever expanding understanding. In all this dark a single ray of light breaches murky, darker than black, ticker than tar barrier and initiate a cascade of supraforming light structures portraying the essence of hope.
Joy of a plant taking roots, freshness of day dawning a new, sincerity of lovers embrace balance out the bleakness and make absorbing an eternity of infinite realities bearable.

Then you wake and what awaits is equally unexplored as the dream - life.

This was by no means an interpretation of the majestic masterwork Dis Pater produced, but nearly an effort to communicate emotion and image the soundscape produced while I listened during a half awake state. The sole experience I can compare this to is a psychedelic session that rendered life changing results while I was younger. Your opinion might differ completely even though lyrical overtones mostly explore concepts of infinity, death, desolation, isolation and passage of time.

Though one star will die and freeze
Another sphere awaits me
And finally is welcoming So many die, yet few are willing
To give up their spirit
And finally be free

Shards are even longer than it’s predecessor Funerals From the Astral Sphere (it’s “just” 2h long) clocking at two and a half hours so listening it in one take is quite an endeavor.
Or is it? Most people can sit through an equally leighty movie or a play that’s probably even not that good. I tried skipping through certain tracks trying to find highlights and how a shorter version might have sounded. It simply does not work. Nothing can be cut. That would be like ripping an entire musical genre from the album. Call the slower elements ambient music, dark ambient, acapello or just distinctive nature sounds, but they are an absolute necessity for this chapter of Midnight Odyssey to function.

Empty your mind, dim the lights and rid of any distractions. Take two and a half hours and embark on an odyssey inside yourself.
You will be greeted by dark ambient, marvelous acapella, mid to high tempo black metal backed by acoustic guitars, doomy passages, shrieking, blowing instruments, catchy and unforgettable passages that flow one unto another producing an masterwork of underground music. An unforgettable and breathtaking piece of art.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2015


32190 Comments


One review per day dude. And I stress the word review

MewCore
June 18th 2015


29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was not aware of the one review per day rule, tnx for the info!

Alastor
June 18th 2015


2099 Comments


his last album was pretty damn good. gonna check this out!

LifeFeedsOnLife
June 19th 2015


467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review for what I'm hoping will be a stellar album. (Pun intended, of course) Going to jam this as soon as I'm done listening to Funerals.

Hawks
June 19th 2015


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Last album was awesome, gonna have to jam this hard.

FrayFray
June 19th 2015


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is all I've been listening to the past week. From a Frozen Wasteland, Hunter of the Celestial Sea and Asleep is the Fire slay



DarkNoctus
June 24th 2015


10868 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

there are some really stunning moments on this album but they're so far and few between considering the length of it

Digging: Borknagar - True North

LifeFeedsOnLife
June 24th 2015


467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The songs do seem a tad stretched out at times... I think Funerals had a much better format and pacing. Plus with 16 songs it felt like there was more to love.. or something.

Evreaia
June 24th 2015


5123 Comments


I still haven't heard this, but I did really, REALLY like his last album.

Hawks
June 24th 2015


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Same here, I'm just trying to pick a good time to actually sit down and listen to this since it's so damn long.

MewCore
June 25th 2015


29 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You don't need a specific time or special preparation for this. Lie a bit earlier one evening and play it on low to mid volume.

osmark86
July 21st 2015


9317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

seems like this guy loves writing excruciatingly long albums. might just have to give this a shot anyways. saw somewhere on the net this was compared to Smashing Pumpkins. that couldn't possibly be the case eh?

LifeFeedsOnLife
September 19th 2015


467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pater's vocal range is impressive, at least in terms of his cleans.

Serenityinaz12
October 14th 2015


134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

alright I'm buckling in to give this a full listen a few times today while at work - overdue to do this

Serenityinaz12
October 14th 2015


134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There are parts that are really good, but I feel an hour of this could be cut out to be honest. There were many points I just had to force myself to keep listening, then it would get good and interesting again, then back to a slog for a good long while.

Crysis
Emeritus
October 14th 2015


17426 Comments


this band has always had such a bad problem with taking 5 minutes of good material and making you wait through an hour and a half of nothing to get there

DarkNoctus
October 15th 2015


10868 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

^that 5 times over

PortalofPerfection
October 18th 2015


1991 Comments


Yeah I really wanted to like this, seems like there's such potential but it's just ugh soooooo muuuuuuch. There's like an amazing 42 minute metal album living in this thing but it's like it's behind a 90 minute glass wall and you can never really get to it.

Dinosaur
October 28th 2015


1361 Comments


i listened to this half conscious this morning. It scared the shit out of me.

Dinosaur
November 3rd 2015


1361 Comments


For some reason I turn this on when i wake up in the middle of the night. it really messes with my dreams in the best way possible. i have yet to listen to this fully awake, haha.



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