PA­TIENCE-TRY­ING, MOSTLY IN­STRU­MEN­TAL MUS­INGS FROM BLACK METAL ODDBALLS

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

■ AN AL­BUM that its cre­ators de­scribe as hav­ing “a joy­ful and hope­ful feel” while be­ing “drenched in de­pres­sion”, Starmourner fails to re­flect ei­ther. Bore­dom and frus­tra­tion are more the fo­cus here, as this ob­vi­ously-tal­ented out­fit re­peat their one idea sev­eral times over the course of 70 min­utes. Ghost Bath’s front­man shall re­main name­less, firstly be­cause Name­less is what he calls him­self, and sec­ondly be­cause his whis­pery rasps add noth­ing to the mu­sic.the lat­ter, on its own, is lis­ten­able enough, in the same way that the ocean can be.the jagged riffs on Thrones are dis­tract­ing, and there are surg­ing crests of emo­tion here and there, but on Ce­les­tial it sounds as if the whole thing has been plunged un­der­wa­ter.which, on re­flec­tion, is where it should have re­mained. DOWN­LOAD: Thrones. FOR FANS OF: Deafheaven, Go­jira.

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