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  • Danny

    “One of the best releases of the year”, nothing but superlative praise without a single minor criticism………………

    I love this site.

    • GardensTale

      We are pretty amazing, yes.

      • Danny

        So many reviewers be like “this record is objective trash without a single redeeming feature so we had to take a point off for that… 9/10”.

        • Grymm

          …Wani you talking about? ;)

    • SegaGenitals

      I give your comment a 3 of 5. Solid effort.


      -1 for not being White Wizzard

      • GardensTale

        Report to HR!

        …wait, you don’t work here. SECURITY!

  • Tremens

    Sounds like my kind of trip.

  • Sharp-Blunt Boy

    WARNING! Do not press play on the embedded track unless you’ve got an hour to spare.

    It’s beautiful, enthralling and immersive. Closest experience I liken it to is CD1 of Pelagial, and that won album of the year. What an amazing late contender.


    • Treble Yell

      Glad you’re enjoying it. It was a real surprise for me and managed to get under my skin in the best possible way.

  • Dammage

    Some of these tracks remind me a lot of Clouds, I love Clouds and damn do I love this

  • Reese Burns

    I’m proud to say I sprung on this one a few months ago, I thought it was already released globally. Hopefully this review gets more people to check them out, because they totally deserve it!

  • Iain Gleasure

    I listened to this after listening to Gloryhammer again and I must say that this sounds much more like something Schubert would do than say Judas Priest. And while fine, even great, that’s not what I personally want. Like most black metal it’s a pass for me

  • Eldritch Elitist

    Took the words right out of my mouth. Don’t know where exactly this lands in my year-end list, but it’s in there somewhere.

  • Kronos

    Shit now I have to listen to this too. Great review.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      It’s like, stop this shit already, I don’t want to change my list again.

      • LOL. That actually made me laugh Andre.

  • Hulksteraus

    Man, this is one amazingly written review, am going to have to purchase now. You are a very persuasive bustard ;-)

    • Treble Yell

      You’re too kind. The album is well worth the price of admission.

  • Thatguy

    Well thought out review, but…

    Call me a miserable old bastard – many have – but I disagree with you and all the comments. As far as the embedded track goes, the sound is thin, the black metal elements are what we have all heard before and the synthesiser melody is cheesy. This guy – like most of the dudes making solo black metal albums – needs a collaborator or two. I would have edited that melody out of existence…

    • Bart the Repairman

      I also don’t find anything interesting here. In fact, this may be the very first time when I have directly opposite thoughts about the material than the reviewer has.
      I’ve heard only the embedded track but if they all share the simplistic pattern (just switching chords over monotonous blastbeats/double kicks), then I’m not surprised that this guy can release 12 albums per year.

    • Treble Yell

      I can definitely see how this album is divisive. It’s not for everyone. Thanks for your thoughts and taking the time to read the review.

      • Hi there, I just wanted to ask is there any possibility that we can have a review of the Anomie album on AMG or we should die dreaming of it?

        • Treble Yell

          It’s on my list.

    • JL

      The melody is the best part. I feel it deep in my bones, you miserable old fart.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      After giving the album a listen, I have to agree. There’s nothing horribly bad here, but, yes, thin sound and I feel the songs lack development. The best/worst I can say is that it’s pleasant. Black Metal light, which, like light Beer, leaves you craving the real deal. Maybe I’m spoiled by the lush, Wagnerian sound of instrumental albums like As The Stars by Woods of Desolation.

    • brklyner

      Atmospheric black metal (or the dreaded post-black metal, if you absolutely insist) is a very crowded field. In a year that brought us new releases from the likes of Fuath, Battle Dagorath, Earth and Pillars and Mare Cognitum, to name just a few, this indeed feels sub-par. Not bad, just harmless.

  • John Abraham

    Damn!! Some music i like after a long time

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Hey nice review it has me really curious to check this out.
    Though after listening through the sound cloud tracks I tend to agree with Thatguy’s assessment below.
    I think that the synth melody has a cheesy sci-fi charm that made me think of Blakes 7…but it just repeats way too much… I like that there are no vocals and that that it’s ambitiously atmosphere rich. In fact TBH i think the ambient piano sections are the most compelling and the BM passages are a bit by numbers.

    I’d like to see him go full Eno.

    • I replied to this yesterday, but made the error of including a link.
      As this discussion is fading into the past, I add this comment anew without a url.

      Speaking of Sci-Fi, AMG & Co should really check out the new Khonsu album. Subdued industrial black metal meets celestial atmosphere with great melodies. Touching upon Ayreon (without musical comparison) regarding one-man (almost) bands and concepts.

      Do yourselves a favor. Search for Khonsu – The Xun Protectorate, and check it out on Bandcamp. Beats Violet Cold any day!

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Hey thanks for the tip I will do!

      • Ninjakicktotheface

        Hey, great shout on Khonsu, thanks! For me I get a bit of an Arcturus vibe from this so far (only a few tracks in though). Really enjoying this.

  • I really like this, and I like Violet Cold, but I’d already written up my year-end list, so I hope the whole album doesn’t fall in the top ten, I don’t have time to rewrite haha… (out with december releases).

  • herrschobel

    …very biased here. i like the composition / guitar work and most parts of the instrumentation…but some of those synth sounds are really bad.

  • JL

    I loved this album after one listen. I just wish there was more of it.

  • Alcest clone without a mention of Alcest?

  • Elton Chagas

    This music is so emotional and we are in december, so I’ll just call it Christmas Black Metal.

  • Kronos Sr.

    I had the embedded tracks playing in the background and finally stopped what I was doing to while “For Amelie” was playing. Great song for background noise while really concentrating. Several of the other tracks had the same feeling. Kronos, if you are still tracking this review, Christmas is coming soon.

  • mtlman1990

    I like this album a lot but, I’m confused. This came out nine months ago. Ive been listening to this all year. It seems like atmospheric bm is not very popular on AMG.

    • Treble Yell

      It did indeed come out earlier in the year. The December 2nd date is for the release on cassette.