ustalost The Spoor of Vipers (LP, £22.25)label: Gilead Media
Ustalost is the solo work of Will Skarstad (guitarist of Brooklyn based black metal band Yellow Eyes). The Spoor Of Vipers is a shimmering album of towering lo-fi black metal, not terribly far from the stylistic realm where Yellow Eyes dwells, although Ustalost is distinctly its own creature.This debut LP is a grand document of splendour and magnificence, as songs transition from dense tremolo parts into gorgeous fanfares and complex, atmospheric riffage. But the underlying power of this music is that through both cacophonous and synth drenched passages the songs manage to emit a profoundly sad tone that also feels fundamentally incurable. “Gloomy and atmospheric black metal that sounds archaic in the best possible way. Instead of the mysticism and brisk weather of the northern woodlands, think of the decay and humidity of the cellars and catacombs of Gothic cathedrals” - Consequence of Sound. “The production on this album, while bearing the expected rawness of black metal, is still carefully crafted so that no instrument is lost in the mix and there is just enough fuzz and murk to enhance the atmosphere.” - Nine Circles. LP presented in a single pocket jacket with a gold foil stamp. A download code is included.
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