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Damp Chill of Life


4.2
excellent

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
April 13th, 2019 | 27 replies


Release Date: 04/11/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Old meets new.

Damp Chill of Life is a poignant slab of cohesively crafted atmospheric black metal, using the DNA from Burzum’s earlier works to form the bulk of this nihilistic and oppressive soundscape. With that, it’s fairly easy to gather an idea of what to expect from this band’s third effort. Second-wave black metal is followed, almost, to the letter; be it the haunting guitar melodies, lo-fi fuzz, reverb-y drums, or the genre’s signature buzzsaw guitar tones – there’s a real sense of impassioned admiration for 90s Norwegian black metal here. None does implement enough contemporary traits that add flourishes of colour to the record – namely the juxtaposition of raw production-meets-beautiful clarity for certain aspects of the album’s overall sound, but by and large this sounds like something from the Hvis lyset tar oss- Filosofem era of Burzum. It’s hardly a criticism either, as one of the biggest takeaways from listening to Damp Chill of Life is its densely distinct, foreboding atmosphere. There’s a frozen glaze over the dank instrumentation that goes hand in hand with the excellent album art that accompanies the record: the piano keys are mournfully played throughout and serve as the winsome dynamic to the mainstay grime and decay that burrows underneath the songs.

Nothing on here is particularly original, but it’s the kind of record that displays the band’s capabilities and worth as writers – making a lot of what they lend from the pioneers their own. The lamenting wails and shrill screams aren’t quite up there with the genre’s greats, but varied vocal approaches – a la “It’s Painless to Let Go” which trades screams for melody-tinged croons – add spice where they’re needed the most, and the yin-yang of the clean and raw production is used pretty effectively as well. “A Chance I’d Never Have” is the finest example of this, forming a correlative bond between tranquil stillness – made possible by the song’s vulnerably bare acoustic guitar – and explosive rage; the song utilizes both emotions to their fullest, and when it comes to the crescendos of the piece, they always feel cathartic. But the standout for the track is ultimately in the way it has been recorded: a handling best summed up as beauty and the beast, as the rhythm section rides on prosaic genre tropes while the layers of acoustic and clean electric guitar attempt to seize the darkness these ominous explosions emit. It’s a bloody great closing track, and it encompasses all of the album’s best qualities. There’s a lot of atmospheric metal out there these days, but None manage to grab the alluring spark artists like Burzum, Agalloch and Summoning have when they release music. It’s not a new standard for black metal, but Damp Chill of Life definitely makes you muse and appreciate how far the genre has come by the time you’ve finished listening to it.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2019


25732 Comments


nice and concise review

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2019


16404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Cheers buddy

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Pho3nix
April 13th 2019


837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Need to check, thank you for the review

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2019


16404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

m/

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2019


26646 Comments


but by and large this sounds like something from the Hvis lyset tar oss- Filosofem era of Burzum


Very nice review Simon! This line in particular really piqued my interest, and i'm excited to checkout the album.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2019


16404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Cheers man. Yeah get on it, I think you’ll dig this for sho

RustCohle
April 13th 2019


346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review, the album rules.

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Ambrosian
April 13th 2019


155 Comments


The album cover of this is very enticing

DDDeftoneDDD
April 13th 2019


12176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Summary itself promises...

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budgie
April 14th 2019


19644 Comments


typica bm album artwork of trees and snow why never any bunnies and cookies???

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Pho3nix
April 15th 2019


837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty gud.



Highlight for me was the title track

Hawks
April 16th 2019


73730 Comments


First album is sick, gotta hear this asap. m/

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2019


14123 Comments


Nice review

Will check this atmospheric bm asap

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2019


16404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

cheers man.



let us know what you think guys

DDDeftoneDDD
April 21st 2019


12176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I m digging this one a lot

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2019


14123 Comments


I've heard the first two songs yesterday, sounds solid so far

DDDeftoneDDD
April 21st 2019


12176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ahaha perfect for a countryside walk m/

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2019


14123 Comments


You’ve nailed it ;)

DDDeftoneDDD
April 21st 2019


12176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The atmosphere is very well done on this one. Loved the solo on It's painless to let go...depressingly heartbreaking

necropig
May 31st 2019


6052 Comments


This brings the pheres?

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