PATIENCE-TRYING, MOSTLY INSTRUMENTAL MUSINGS FROM BLACK METAL ODDBALLS
■ 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.