I think i saw Evoken- Antithesis of light. The most sorrowful rays emit at the 6: And so on, I popped the CD in and was prepared to be underwhelmed because I thought Quietus was a quite a benchmark to be pitted again. The keyboards are excellently done. I mean, it's objectively kind of dark and somewhat mystical, I'll give it that, but the band use so many stereotypically "dark" elements that it doesn't feel particularly impressive that their overall vibe landed somewhere in that general direction.
Evoken has reached a pinnacle in this sound.
But we can get to those flaws later; let's start with the good, eh. Many death metal, black metal bands say that their music sounds dark. Holy tits, the riffs are boring.
It is more a point of chaos, speed, sorrow. Last Similar to, say, Immolation's Close to a World Below or Lykathea Aflame's Elvenefris, Antithesis of Light is one of those albums that actually seems to have developed such a devoted sect of circlejerking fans that at this point it's probably more notable for its hype than the album itself.
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They are deep, and most importantly, full. The keyboards are excellently done. I think the best transitions for this type of funeral doom would be the kind that gradually slow down or speed up, and Evoken do utilize these on multiple occasions, but they obviously need to do so much more often to keep their riffs from sounding like sudden interruptions from the riffing equivalent of the Kool-Aid Man.
To which I say Yes it was dense. They have a full, and strong sound to them, unlike the bullfrog sounds and toilet bowl flushes of goregrind. Antithesis of Light is, by popular opinion, the objectively darkest, heaviest and greatest metal album of all time, perfectly composed with every single element of its composition in an objectively flawless place.
And I know what you're thinking right about now, fannyflustered Evoken fan: Antithesis of light Album: Doom metal is a music of true darkness. It's nowhere near worthless, and I have no intentions to pass it off as being such.
The weak riffs aren't helped by the fact that the guitar tone itself, while admittedly pretty heavy in the grand scheme of things, is flimsy and lacks definition by funeral doom standards; whereas I imagine Evoken fans see the album's riffs as crushing them under massive, pummeling thuds of melody, they've never been able to do such for me because the guitars are devoid of essential tinges of bass and clouded by too much fuzz.
The musicianship is great; so great, actually, that while listening to it you are likely to be sent into a trance a real, almost scary one that sometimes puts you to sleep if you are relaxed enough. Excellently done, Finally, the vocals.
The album sits around for 71 minutes and coughs up maybe two or three cool guitar melodies in that entire time, with the rest being laughably irrelevant to the album's overall goal. It's worth noting that Antithesis of Light is actually pretty laughably bad at songwriting as far as chaining pieces together goes.
The guitars are excellent. They also make an excellent intro to said track. Evoken antithesis of light metallum Antithesis of Light Vince Verkay; John Paradiso; Verkay of Evoken p. Alexis Benitez Satan; Encyclopaedia Metallum.
Check the new DOOM METAL artists, EVOKEN An Extrinsic Divide Atra Mors · EVOKEN The Mournful Refusal Antithesis Of Light · doom metal. Antithesis of Light fails in a couple of really important ways, the kind you generally think would have been noticed before the band decided to head into a recording studio.
In terms of lyrics, “Antithesis of Light” is an album that is more existentialist/nihilist than most (even in funeral doom standards).
In terms of music, it has astonishing chord progression, creative melodies and a sense of dread that begins with the introduction and finishes with the last verses of “The Last of Vitality”.
The cover art is taken from painting by late Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński. Recording information: Recorded, mixed and mastered at the Hermit Hole, Kendall Park, NJ, from March to November The cover art is taken from painting by late Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński. Recording information: Recorded, mixed and mastered at the Hermit Hole, Kendall Park, NJ, from March to November Evoken with Antithesis of Light, has released in my opinion, not only the best death/doom metal release ever, but the best doom metal release ever.
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