Asphodelus
Dying Beauty & the Silent Sky


3.0
good

Review

by Arche USER (90 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2016 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unremarkable but solid release, death-doom trio Asphodelus tow the line between familiarity and experimentation with largely decent results.

Comprising of two mostly instrumental tracks and two showcasing Asphodelus' (formerly Cemetery Fog) amalgam of doom, death and black metal, Dying Beauty and the Silent Sky feels surprisingly complete for a 22 minute EP. Beginning with the ambitiously titled 'Intro', the listener is greeted with swirling ambience, the only punctuating feature being seraphic calling occasionally heard breaking through the fog. This segues naturally into 'Illusion of Life'. Initially, gloomy death-doom riffs merge with ever-present but unobtrusive synths to establish an air of melancholy, but then it morphs surprisingly seamlessly into a solo section not unlike that found on In The Nightside Eclipse-era Emperor. Separated from the aforementioned by the title track, which bears resemblence to 'Intro' with the addition of an acoustic guitar, closer 'Nemo Ante Mortem Beatus' focuses more on a traditionally death/doom aesthetic, with traces of early 90s gothic metal creeping in particularly towards the end. The overall effect is quite peculiar; while one knows consciously that it's only an EP, the way Dying Beauty... progresses it leaves the notion of not wanting more, but being satisfied with the lot given.

Unfortunately, despite this well-rounded appearance the moniker Asphodelus is perhaps somewhat fitting. The Asphodel Fields (Asphodelus being the flowers that grew there) were the part of the Greek underworld where the ordinary, unexceptional souls went, and sadly the supposèd character of these spirits is largely the impression one takes from Dying Beauty...; there isn't much to outwardly complain about, but there's very little to get too excited about either. The riffs are largely solid death-doom fare but nothing particularly new. Vocally, the listener finds a mid-low growl that is once more fit for purpose, but again very similar examples can be found across the genre. Admittedly the production provides a refreshing distinguishability between the album's components, but also is frustratingly muted in its punchiness. This isn't a bad thing during the ambient tracks (in fact the prevention of harshness from the guitar adds to their serene quality), but they have a slightly jarring effect on the more energetic sections; they don't come across as lazy, but particularly during 'Illusion of Life''s midsection they lack the power to really breach the album's otherwise slightly dreamlike, ethereal nature. Dying Beauty and the Silent Sky shows Asphodelus as a band that is aware of what makes a good death-doom album and have some inklings of flair, but have not quite nailed how to use it.



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Archelirion
March 2nd 2016


5901 Comments


This'll either get deleted or merged, but in case it's modded and this is still here link to listen if you so wish is coming up. Comments and corrections as always welcomed :] -> https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/asphodelus-dying-beauty-the-silent-sky

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2016


11746 Comments


"section not unlike that found onIn The Nightside Eclipse-era Emperor"

Had me at that, will jam. Nice write-up too Arch (:

Edit: accidentally found a spacing error too with tha quote haha

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hal1ax
March 2nd 2016


14138 Comments


this sounds sweet and i like the cover a lot so will checkk

Archelirion
March 2nd 2016


5901 Comments


Dunno Snox, perhaps it'll grow on me put I've just had the same 'it's a'ight' response every time I've heard it. Glad you like it though :]
Haha, there's a couple of spacing errors actually! My computer game is pretty weak at the moment!
And yeah, the album art is sweet :]

EvoHavok
March 2nd 2016


7702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent write-up! I'll give this a try.

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Archelirion
March 2nd 2016


5901 Comments


Cheers! Glad you seemed to like it somewhat.

Spacesh1p
March 3rd 2016


7717 Comments


Want to check this, nice short rev

emester
April 18th 2016


8271 Comments


Sounds like a mix of classic MDB and Crimson era EoS.

Fucking stellar ep

Anthracks
June 4th 2016


6324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

did they do the artwork in crayon?

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NLD
June 4th 2016


589 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea artwork is gorgeous

Hawks
November 27th 2016


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I gotta jam this.

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Astral Abortis
November 27th 2016


6745 Comments


rules

Hawks
November 27th 2016


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That artwork is awesome.

Hawks
November 28th 2016


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so good.

Maco097
November 28th 2016


3122 Comments


Still waiting for somebody who uploads this in high quality cuz I can't find shit and the bandcamp streaming kinda sucks.

Astral Abortis
November 28th 2016


6745 Comments


Buy it instead of being a degenerate freeloader

Hawks
November 28th 2016


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh the Bandcamp one isn't too bad I don't think.

Maco097
November 28th 2016


3122 Comments


I don't have a clear opinion on this. Not buyin shit until I hear this properly.

Maco097
November 28th 2016


3122 Comments


Even though the price for the unlimited streaming in the highest quality is kinda tempting.

Astral Abortis
November 28th 2016


6745 Comments


You can understand how the music sounds by a stream. A few KBPS won't suddenly make it drastically different that you can't decide your opinion.



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