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  • AndySynn

    Oh AMG… I can always count upon you to be my antithesis. Not because I dislike this album (I think you’re right on the money with that 4.0, and very much enjoyed reading this review) but because, if anything, I thought this one sounded even MORE like Altar of Plagues than their last one did!

    And that’s not a criticism of DoG by and by. It just so happens that I was listening to it again earlier today and literally made a note that “this sounds even closer to the bleak, decaying hues and tones of the dearly departed Altar of Plagues than ever”. Coincidences abound, it seems.

    Also… Harakiri For The Sky these days sound more like Insomnium than they do Black Metal (post or otherwise) and I’m going to stick with that until the day I die.

    • Ugo Poifol

      Same ! I actually read the first few words of the 3rd paragraph, stopped to listened to the embedded song, thought it sounded very much like AoP indeed (to my great pleasure), and then read the rest to found out that this one was not supposed to sound like AoP, leaving me confused.

      Awesome album anyway ! Well-deserved 4, and I absolutely love the dense, foggy prog with the very raw-sounding drums.

    • [not a Dr]

      Doesn’t that make you AMG’s andithesis?

      • AndySynn

        I prefer to think of myself as “Anti-Metal Guy”.

      • sir_c

        AndySynned with this one, I guess

    • sir_c

      This definitely is the new Altar of Plagues

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Oh how I relate to that first paragraph… Can’t wait to listen to this. Great review, Mark.

  • Mr T

    Great. Like something out of Nordvis

  • John

    “…a riff emerges that could be the soundtrack to holding a loved one in your arms as they freeze to death, while you’re too weak to even mutter a final goodbye.” God damn dude. Incredible. Great review.

    • ArtifeX

      I’m quite knew to the site, and I must say that the quality of the writings is astounding. Even a “mediocre” review from AMG would be one of the best in most metalreviewing websites. *Insert applause sounds*

      • basenjibrian

        Hear hear

      • Lucas Lex DeJong

        Stick around dude. I’ve been lurking here for a few years consistently, whilst other review sites come and go as my tastes change.

        In fact, for myself, I’d say that AMG not only reflects my tastes, but also helps curate it.

        • ArtifeX

          I will, Lucas. I’ve been stalking the site and the comments section for around two months, and I definitely like what I read. There’s basically no trolls, which is rare. I still don’t get this fixation with the unicorns but I suppose I will eventually XD

          • I decided a few years ago that whenever a band provided unclear, blurred or obscured band photos so as to be extra cult, I would replace them with colorful unicorns. It’s taken on a weird life of its own since then.

          • [not a Dr]

            This is getting FAQ-worthy. There are more questins about unicorns than about DR nowadays.

          • sir_c

            Meh, high DR just means “doesn’t play well on my Apple earbuds in the subway” for most people, whereas unicorns are surrounded by mystery.

          • Wait, wait, wait…what? I thought they were real band photos. Holy hell!

          • herrschobel

            yeah , right ? how come this site has stayed trolle and a-hole free ? that´s quite an accomplishment these days. like i always used to tell my mother “Metalheads are the nicest people, Ma …”

      • Pestmeester

        Totally agree ArtifeX! It’s refreshing to read reviews like this, instead of record label pleasers of which are plenty around. :D

  • You wot m8?

    Downfall of Gaia has recently become one of my favorite and most listened to bands, coinciding with the renewal of my scribbling, amateur attempts to write something. Aeon Unvails… was such a magnificent album, and Suffocating… , though not as refined, is certainly a great listen.

    I was somehow unaware of this coming out, so thanks Mr M. Z. for getting the word out. This has made my goddamn day…

  • ArtifeX

    Ephemerol is an awesome track indeed. First time hearing this band, what other albums are recommendable?

    • Mark Z

      The last two albums (Aeon Unveils the Throne of Decay and Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes) are both excellent Altar of Plagues-style black metal with some sludgy/post metal elements. Either of those are great. The debut is a lot weirder, crustier, and not quite as focused but still worth a listen.

      • ArtifeX

        Thanks Mark, I think I’m going to give Aeon and Suffocating a spin.

  • I bought the album today after listening to just a little bit. There hasn’t been a lot I’ve liked recently and I needed something new. The first thing that came to my mind when listening to this was a less noisy version of Hope Done. I haven’t heard the entire album yet but I’m impressed with what I’ve heard so far.

  • Rob W

    You had me at “the world fucking sucks”.

  • Luke_22

    I was quite taken with their Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes album a few years ago but haven’t kept track of them recently. Sounds like I need to get back on board. Some great lines in that review Mark, nice work.

  • MastersApprentice

    Thank you Mark Z for an immensley entertaining and well written review. I’m a sucker for this atmospheric stuff, definitely going to pick this up.

  • Excentric_13073

    Never really been a fan of this style of vocals… Kinda monotone and unintelligible…

  • Nukenado

    The “last bit of optimism” to me feels like the end of the song… A riff that is uplifting and sad at the same time. Weird.