Evilfeast
Elegies of the Stellar Wind


4.5
superb

Review

by ScuroFantasma CONTRIBUTOR (81 Reviews)
December 24th, 2017 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sinister buffet.

After digesting Elegies of the Stellar Wind to an inadequate degree I’ve arrived at the only natural conclusion; sole member GrimSpirit is a cut above his contemporaries when it comes to weaving an immersive and atmospheric tale via the black metal medium. This latest Evilfeast full-length emerges half a decade after its predecessor, and evidently no moment of the interim period was squandered. A respected grandfather in the Polish scene, this solo project meshes a delicious lo-fi black metal foundation with distinct symphonic flavours in a fashion not entirely dissimilar to Norwegian heavyweights Emperor. Bathed in archaic textures, Elegies… yields an authentic “vintage” aesthetic throughout, in some respects resembling a nondescript classic film stylistically. Accompanied by a seamless modern composition, however, no room is left to doubt the album’s timelessness. Bordering on cinematic, each track is chock-full of gothic synths, organs, sound effects, nature samples, and countless other subtle embellishments serving illustrative purposes.

Even more impressive than the inclusion of so many additional adornments, sewn into the more traditional black metal fabric, is how organic everything sounds. Sure, oftentimes the synths and various effects can sound a little dated and cheesy, but it always feels intentionally anachronistic rather than cheap and gimmicky – charming instead of tacky. The illusion is never broken within the world of Elegies…, and emerging from its icy depths only encourages you to dive back in once more. GrimSpirit clearly possesses a masterful command over melody, haunting tones, and songwriting dynamics, but far and away the most commendable skill on display is his impeccable attention to detail - something sorely appreciated when subsequent flirtations with the album reveal a depth merely hinted at ephemerally. As you thoughtfully tread between the thick forest of atmospheric black metal conjured by Evilfeast, an irresistible urge to wander and lose yourself amongst the tempting groves might strengthen. And that’s just fine. Sometimes you need to ditch the path in order to reach the destination.



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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2017


11014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://evilfeast.bandcamp.com



this album is really good dudes, sorry about the food puns, half of them were unintentional i swear

Hawks
December 24th 2017


52643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta hear this asap.

Digging: Sigh - Infidel Art

tempest--
December 24th 2017


20626 Comments


evilford > evilfeast

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2017


10757 Comments


Nice one Scuro. Was drawn by the artwork but the music is equally solid, very atmospheric.

Digging: Heavy Sentence - Protector / Darkest Hour

Elynna
December 24th 2017


76 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing review, still need to readjust my end of the year list for this album. It’s so atmospheric and melancholically beautiful.

Digging: Hamferd - Tmsins likam

BlackwaterPork
December 24th 2017


3026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brilliant review mate, shall be checking this

Digging: Summoning - Oath Bound

MewCore
December 24th 2017


22 Comments


Now I'm wishing for snow even more because this would be a perfect soundtrack for a stroll.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2017


13789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Will definitely be checking this. Awesome review Scuro.



Artwork is awesome too.

Digging: Corrosion of Conformity - No Cross No Crown

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2017


11014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks all (:



Agreed the artwork is awesome

Elynna
December 24th 2017


76 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Artwork is based on a gorgeous painting made by Edmund Koken; http://blog.schockwellenreiter.de/g2016/b201612/201612bild15.html

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2017


11014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh wow I had no idea, that's really cool

Confessed2005
December 24th 2017


4103 Comments


Great review, makes me want to check this.

Crysis
Emeritus
December 24th 2017


17312 Comments


damn i gotta listen to this

necropig
December 24th 2017


3278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yesssss



Hit up the back catalogue, all sweet.



Front page too, kvlt.

Digging: Nehemah - Light of a Dead Star

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2017


22435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, this was great. Awesome review.

Digging: Verheerer - Maltrr

zaruyache
December 24th 2017


18267 Comments


this is emperor but more churchy keys. is ok too wow

Evok
December 24th 2017


6821 Comments


this is emperor but more churchy keys

sounds like something that would annoy me more than entertain me tbh

Digging: Ram Trilogy - Molten Beats

necropig
December 24th 2017


3278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Na grim knows what he's doing with them keyz

BallsToTheWall
December 24th 2017


48273 Comments


This got my cock hard.

Digging: Mortiis - The Stargate

zaruyache
December 24th 2017


18267 Comments


maybe more summoning-y than churchy. Otherwise tho production feels p similar to Nightside. Drums were sort of annoying, but if you liked Nightside you should probably find this at least passable.



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