Alcest aim to make a solid move forward, retaining the shoegazzy side of their last album, but with a more post rock feel to the song structures and playing. Not my favorite release, but probably their best produced.
Though I feel the two tracks after the opener don't quite catch my attention, the two closing tracks are some of the best I have heard from this project thus far. Props to the recording of this album. Everything sounds so crisp yet spaced out.
It's surprising that the drums on this album are from another scrapped project because they fit so god damn well. Some of my favorite Botanist songs to date. Cold and raw sounding, yet some of the best production thus far! Not to mention my first introduction to Oskoreien, which I am happy to say also kills it.
Another piece of perfection from the man himself. Taking an opposite approach from his previous recordings, Austin goes for a more concise, catchy vibe. Almost every track features some sort of headbanging induced riffs; melodies you will be humming for days to come.
This is Austin Lunn at his peak. An album of maximalism; almost every track that is a black metal track is as dense as can be. The almost 13 minute Where Mountains Pierce the Sky is a perfect example of this. Not to mention the very cold feeling of the recording. You can feel the snow beneath you feat as you move through every song. This album is a piece of existential catharsis release sure to warm you on the coldest of days.