Rare Field Ceiling feels like part of a continuum, particularly with the last two albums, a logical next stage of the journey, and it’s one of the best, most emotionally rewarding journeys that I know of.
Explosions in Slow Motion makes me wistfully happy like only a solid bvdub album can.
Internet music collaboration is cool. 100% live collaboration over Discord is way cooler, and that’s just what valyri and r0x4ry did, resulting in over an hour of really intense dronescapes.
There’s always going to be a certain aggression and darkness to black metal, but DEITUS take a lot of time to craft broad vistas rather than pure oppression.
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The Cloud of Forgetting is a cloud of bliss: it is a forgetting of both past and future, as we are drawn into an eternal now that secludes us from worry.
The Sea of Potentials is an ode to the unknown, and to embracing the unknown as it lurks just beyond the border of our perception.
This album has the power to calm me, the way precious few things have in this tumultuous period of my life. It transports me to its own world, but more importantly, it manages to channel some of its serenity back into our world, which is more valuable still.
Hypnagogia is Evoken’s most relevant record since Antithesis of Light, and proof that bands can reinvent themselves in subtle ways over the course of a quarter of a century.