The Crescendo of Dusk



by Zach USER (96 Reviews)
March 10th, 2019 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Writing the words I do not have.

I don't even know how to start writing anymore. There's no preplanned concoction of thoughts swirling about my head, no structure or form to take on to write a great proper review. It all makes me often wonder "why"". Why am I writing when someone can paint a picture so much more vivid, more eloquently and better in every single facet" Maybe this is a poor judgement of myself or a lack of real motivation, but I'm not exactly someone teeming with self love.

Then something like The Crescendo of Dusk comes along. It's an odd feeling listening to this ep- having so few words to say and yet feeling it compulsory to say something . It's the profound mix of immense joy and sorrow that rains down like beautiful hellfire, that feeling of purity through pain and perseverance that's compacted into 21 minutes of beautiful atmospheric black metal that creates such an urgent feeling of I need to write about this .

Austin Lunn's mastery of melodic, post-rock structured black metal where everything segways perfectly is not contestable. There is nothing jarring, no wild pitches thrown yet there is still a seamless blend of genres and sounds that merge together into a single unit. Even the transition from the epic atmoblack "The Crescendo of Dusk" into the more stripped down folk/country song "The Labryinth" is perfect. In a ways it's like the peaceful calm after the storm, even if said storm let's up itself if only to let you soak in the magnitude of its own weight.

Honestly, this ep has everything that makes Panoticon astounding. Chaotic drum fills, howls that sound like a big bearded beauty (Austin) yelling from atop a snow laden mountain and melodious guitar work that send icy shivers up your spine. Hell, the only real downside is that the runtime is meager (21 minutes), and when that is the most unfortunate aspect of your music then I think it can be safely said that something beautiful was created. And man, is this seriously ***ing beautiful. Check it.

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March 9th 2019


Album Rating: 4.0

I am not very fond of this review rn but man I had to write about this.

Mmph it's a beaut

March 10th 2019


Album Rating: 3.0


Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2019


Album Rating: 3.5

I can see the struggle you had putting these words together but I also see how close you could be to that wholesome writing feeling you’re looking for.

If you could bring even a dose of the confidence you have in that third paragraph and incorporate it into the rest even little write ups like this could glimmer.

Something to consider.

Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2019


Agreed with Nocte. Very passionate review but it's definitely scattered and lacks confidence, talking more about said lack of confidence than the album in some parts. But it's clear this had a big impact on you and gives a glimpse into what the EP can hold

Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2019


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I had actually started writing about this the other day but couldn't find the words to say exactly what I wanted. Glad someone finally got something down for it. The shortness of the review isn't really an issue given it's only 2 songs, but I do think you kind of skimp on the essence of what makes it great. It's clear that you're effected by the EP, but I don't think it's communicated as clearly as it could be. Still, not bad.

Digging: False - Portent

March 10th 2019


Album Rating: 4.0

6 minutes into this. Rules hard so far

Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2019


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fucking bump, this EP is one of my favorites of they year so far WAKE UP SPUTNIK

March 22nd 2019


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah it's awesome

Digging: Full of Hell - Weeping Choir

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