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Sol Sistere – Sol Sistere (2021)

Sol Sistere
Release date: October 15th, 2021
Label: Cult of Parthenope

And to the third full length of this Atmospheric Black Metal bands rituals and this time, plain and simple as a self titled release, and this killer instrumental The Shimmer Pt 1 opens this up and its really catchy so a great sound as we go into The Narrow Path and this comes out right at you but then a break comes in that takes it on another journey as the lyrics are very deep and the music goes well with them as you will hear through out this release, no short tracks on here so you know what to expect and this first one is excellent!

The journey continues on Ashes, and a more relaxed tempo to start this builds up as it goes but almost halfway in it takes on another life really gut gripping feel then rises as it gets uplifting towards the end. Nothofagus is more on the fast pace when it opens and the drumming on here really shines but this track is really one of those that give you a winter like feeling of being the woods, one of my favorites on here.

Black Mass gives you the feeling of the emotions that you could experience from one and this really has an awesome feel to it that will leave you floored, this is an epic track as it gets better the more you hear it, The Shimmer Pt II is longer than Pt 1 and the band really shines here, the true part of the atmospheric side really comes to light here, as some spoken part is also included the way this rides out to the end is candy to the ears.

Unspoken Verb is pretty solid from the start as the vocals are sick as hell here and the drive is haunting at times, has a great feel as it punishes the senses as we go to the closer Sol Sistere and really was looking forward to it as its over 10 minutes long and to hear what this ritual would come to a conclusion and it delivers as a has an intense feeling that shows all the character the band has in their blood.

An excellent release if you follow the band and something for new comers to check out.

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Flora – II (2020)

Flora
Release date: September 21, 2020
Label: Independent

Some Atmospheric Black Metal that was brought to my attention, this is a one man project and its been a few years since the first demo, and now return with a full length, so the wait was worth it I could say.

Four tracks on here that are long but with a lot of character behind them and the message that the band states is ecological as this is just the way I like it.

Stream of Subconsciousness opens this up with a very dark slow feeling to it that sets the mood of what the track is about to lay down and when it gets going this really has a great riff and the production on here is very good to my surprise as you can hear everything as the vocals come in and more drive to this as you can hear the drums really well, Its long but so enjoyable it seemed quite interesting to the end.

I like the flow on Fading, Becoming Something, as it has this really touching feel to it from the start as the vocals are reeling in the background and with more grabbing riff and even the bass is heard on here as well, and yes it gets more intense as it closes.

Azure Vapours has these wicked guitar effects to open and give you a feeling of being in a winter forest and when the rest of it kicks in it really gets good as the vocals sound like a wind of mayhem flowing through, this is probably the strongest track on here to this point as the guitar rips on here as well.

And this closer The Ebb and Flow of the Aeons, well this gets going right from the start heavy pounding then eases up with this vibrant sound that gives the track some flare as it gets going again but closes with that dark mid pace feeling.

A quite enjoyable release to be honest as I mentioned the production on here makes it even better, if your into this I recommend you giving it a listen.

Ecologist – Río Loncomilla: Abandonado a las mareas de la pestilencia humana (2020)

Ecologist
Release date: March 24th, 2020
Label: Independent

Here is a Atmospheric Black Metal project of a man that simply goes under the name V, this caught my attention because of what the message that is being brought here and by the title this is dedicated to the Loncomilla river in the Maule region of Chile and what this sick world has done to this glorious place and I have done my research and I know exactly what the point is here.

So this EP just contains two tracks and both are lengthy and both are totally different as Las raíces que decaen is the track that got me wanting to hear more as it has this great feel to it as it roars through with such a intense drive the drums just have this going and the great guitar work even the breaks do this justice, for a track that is a bit over ten minutes it has not a single dull moment, you seriously need to check this out.

Like I mentioned both tracks are very different and Abandonar del espíritu is something more, but you have to understand what the message that is trying to come across here and by the title I can surely respect what the point is. the vocals add to it as they are dark with feeling that actually made is even more enjoyable.

I was amazed on how good the production is on here, I surely hope to hear more from this as it hit a spot in me.

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Sol Sistere – Extinguished Cold Light (2019)

Sol Sistere
Release date: May 3rd, 2019
Label: Hammerheart Records

It’s been awhile since I heard from this horde as I read they have recruited a new singer that simply goes by S and it’s a good change as this adds new character to the band.

Elemental Chaos opens this ritual and it’s a fantastic opener as the band comes back with a vengeance of pure energy and even with a spoken part this is has a very sinister feel to it as it has a lot to offer, and it continues on Spiral Moon as this track has a deep more straight forward feel to it and reading the lyrics to this one makes it even better, the atmospheric black metal is there but these guys take it to another level as this is more intense from what I hear and it grabs you no doubt, the ending riff is classic!

It really gets interesting on Descending Light as here we take another step beyond with a few tempo changes but still rips at you with these killer riffage going off in such a chaotic way and all these tracks are long so there is a lot to offer on each one like on The Faceless which is over eight minutes long but has such a catchy groove to it and probably the best track for me to this point.

But this gets better cause the remaining tracks on here have a life of their own all of them are strong and this band has its own brand to their music as it has a lot to offer to the listener as I can tell a lot of time must of been put into this and it shows here as the musicianship on here is top notch, the whole band sounds tight as can be.by the way the closer Juxtaposed Universe is as good as it can get and the lyrics took this one to the top for me something you will need to do if you get a copy as it adds more to the whole thing.

Sol Sistere is one of those bands that has the formula to explode across the planet if they were heard all over, this is a fantastic album that needs to be heard.

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Praecognitvm – Oris Resolutio Somnum (2018)

Praecognitvm
Release date:July 2nd, 2018
Label:Independent

Atmospheric Black Metal from this duo from Temuco,this is the band’s EP follow up from last years demo.

This has two long tracks of very deep sounding and with feeling to them as Alba Ruber In Agris opens up with a very out of this world feeling to it before it goes into a pure hellout pounding and it just soothes the soul to be honest it just gave me this feeling of being in an isolated state of pure freedom, as the track really has so many dimensions to it even the vocals are superb on here.

Exolvuntur Aeternam comes out a blazing, killer growl that blends in the moment giving it a more distinctive sound of aggression as it then comes down back to earth and that’s what I’m really liking about this because it keeps your mind glued to it and it gets better as it creeps back up, it’s over 10 min long there is alot going on but it never got boring that’s what really got me some bands will put out something this long and it will get boring,not here this is really special.

I’ll be honest I found out about this band through what the readers of the site are searching for so someone out there typed this in and I went to check it out and I’m glad I did and cheers!! to that person who did that cause I never thought I would be posting a band of this genre in here but I’m opened minded and this was an excellent addition to my mind.

As far as the band goes these two maniacs have a solid sound that plainly delivers the goods,give them a listen.

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