Ethereal ShroudReaders of our lovely little blog know Noctus as the go to guy for all things kvlt, black and low-fi. He’s been an institution around these parts and though he can’t contribute as much these days, he’s always lurking around the fringes, scowling and being cynical.

One thing that should brighten his stoic composure is the release of his Ethereal Shroud debut, They Became the Falling Ash. It’s available from Northern Silence Productions and if you like atmospheric blackness, you should check it out post-haste.

Besides being a righteous piece of music, it’s all you’ll be getting from the AMG folks until Dr. Fisting graces us with another Trials album or Steel Druhm gets his dubious 50 Shades of Steel project off the ground. On second thought, don’t wait for the latter, just go buy Ethereal Shroud and support music by dudes who criticize everyone else’s music.

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  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    Great album. Actually learned about it through Sputnik Music! Awesome to see you guys promoting fellow writers! And can’t wait for ’50 Shades of Steel’. The new single, ‘As Iron Sharpens Iron’ (hehe) has really represented the spirit of metal well. Keep it up!

  • ZEbyiUWvbe

    Interesting, will check it out. Northern Silence usually has good stuff.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    That record is absolutely worth the time and money.

    PS: 50 Shades of Steel must have a song called ‘Uniporn’.

  • El_Cuervo

    “lurking around the fridges”? Does he bolster his trveness by hanging around cold climes?

    • He wouldn’t be very trve if you didn’t.

    • Gonzalo Salazar

      I bolster my heavyness by lurking around the fridges.

  • Dr. Scorpion

    i got tinnitus .This album makes it worse :(
    I really loved the blackness the whitness the greyness and bleaknesss of this album , but fuck you tinnitus.Another good album taken away……..

  • De2013

    Highly recommended album! I enjoy it very much.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Crap, where did I miss the fact that this is the work of Noctus? One of my favourites of the year. I bought it after just one listen.

    It’s all great, but the last track is one of the most epic things I’ve heard in Black Metal for a long time. The pacing and build are terrific. It’s not a song; it’s a cathedral of sound.

    • BarryLeFreak

      I had no idea it was Noctus either – he was using a different profile on the review

    • Feytalist

      Also had no idea this was him. Two different profiles… that’s cheating :D

      I’ve been listening to it for a while now, it’s really good.

      • Noctus

        My dishonesty knows no bounds!

        Originally I wanted to separate the two due to feeling my review on AMG was unfair, but we made sure the writer had no idea it was me.

    • Agree about the last song, it is truly majestic.

  • Wow. Northern Silence? AMG now has underground metal cred! Good job, Noctus!

  • Huh, I suspected this but I figured he didn’t want to make a big deal of it. Whatever, it has been in my bandcamp wishlist for too long, I’ll see if I can get the physical release with some other stuff to take advantage of the shipping costs. It’s definitely worth it.

  • Martin Knap

    To borrow a metaphor Chinese calligraphists use: music has to have meat and bones. My problem with atmospheric black metal is that it’s only meat and no bones, so I can’t make out what sort of animal I have in front of me. This album seems to be different, so cheers for that. Good work.

  • Norfair Legend

    Wait, Fisting is in Trials? This has blown by me for how long? I even read your review for their last album. I love Trials, have seen them twice so far for that last two albums, I live in Chicago and even “liked” on Facebook, lol.

    Learn something new every day… *scratches head*

    • Gonzalo Salazar

      When I listen to Trials, this is who I picture singing:

  • FutureBeyondSatan

    Dainty Blanket?

  • basenjibrian

    I bought this album off banscamp a while ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. Revisiting the albums, I have to join in the chorus of kudos to Noctus! Excellent stuff. Long songs that have “movement” and work as long songs with no boredom at all! Great recording, also, even in mp3 format!

    • AnnieK13

      I also purchased this off Bandcamp quite a while back and have definitely enjoyed it.

  • KevinOfTheMonolith

    Oh shit, I didn’t realize it was his work! It might be one of my favourite black metal albums of this year so far!

  • This is a solid funeral doom record! Do not miss.

  • OzanCan

    Wow Noctus! Congrats bro \m//(><)\m//