Album Title: The Shadowsoul
This is the first album from Dusk, a Hungarian band playing cold, depressive black metal.
For the most part, this band's music is built from repetition and alteration of backing guitar and drum riffs. Long, floating synth and snarled vocals are layered on top of this. The production of the album is quite flat, as everything seems to have been mixed at about the same level. Normally, this would be a drawback, but here it makes it a bit easier to become entranced by the album's atmosphere, with no too-loud sounds to break your concentration.
Speaking of atmosphere, that's certainly what this band is all about. These are long songs with lots of repetition, though there's plenty of subtle riff shifts to keep things fresh. This seems to work very well. Even when Dusk breaks the ten-minute mark on a song, nothing seems boring or too overdone, and the individual songs each have a strong, memorable theme. As a result, the album works well as a whole, but you can also play songs on their own... a bit of a rarity, for atmospheric black metal.
For the most part, this is one of those albums you need to be in a certain mood to enjoy. This album is tailor-made to focus your mind in times of thoughtful melancholy. If you're in the mood for contemplation, pick this up - fans of Burzum and Abyssic Hate should be quite pleased by this one.
Standout Tracks: Dusk, Diewish, Vow