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Damp Chill of Life
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 17 May 2019, 7:07 AM

If the readers watched “Lords of Chaos”, you all can understand that many standard features of Black Metal scene were born from a fundamentalist insight in music and in the way a Metalhead must be. Today, many of those ways aren’t used anymore, but from time to time, someone resurrects something from the past. And NONE did it on “Damp Chill of Life”. The band members didn’t show their names, signing just as “anonymous” (this is the feature from the past mentioned above). But their music is truly good, a sad, darkened and melancholic form of Ambient/Depressive Black Metal. Of course some of their musical elements were used many times before, but the way the duet plays is good, what will seduce the fans of this specific Black Metal genre, and can gain extreme Metal fans as well.

Their melancholic and aggressive insight gains a boost due the nasty sound quality that was built for “Damp Chill of Life”. It tries to sound as raw as on early days of Black Metal, but not in a way that the comprehension of what they’re doing would be harmed. No, the rawness comes mainly from the instrumental tunes used during the recordings. It’s good, but could be better. The long, darkened and melancholic “The Damp Chill of Life” with its nasty guitar riffs and agonizing shrieks (and tender melodies), “Cease” and its morbid pianos touches, the aggressive and funereal approach presented on “It’s Painless to Let Go” and on “A Chance I’d Never Have” are their best sinister hymns, but they could have shown more songs with vocals.

Even with “The Damp Chill of Life” not being the eighth wonder of the world, NONE proves itself to be a good name that will conquer many fans of Depressive Black Metal. But setting things in a better in the future will make them grow outside of the genre’s bounds.

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Fade
2. The Damp Chill of Life
3. Cease
4. You Did a Good Thing
5. It’s Painless to Let Go
6. I Yearn to Feel
7. A Chance I’d Never Have
Anonymous - Vocals
Anonymous - All instruments
Record Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records


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