Just as ominous as the cover art looks, the music inside of Seeking Morbid Silence by Atel is just as ominous. The tombs and graves that you see above may be something that you are finally laid to rest in after a listen, but instead of ascending to heaven you descend to the scorching fires of hell where you are to spend an eternity. Atel plays a furious brand of black metal. Not only is this album played in the vein of traditional black metal, it is also wrist slitting depressive, morbid and altogether incredibly dark.
As each song passes light begins to fade and overpowering darkness takes over and reigns supreme. Within this release there are only five songs, but each song is substantial in length and makes you pay the price for even thinking about clicking play, let alone actually listening. With each passing minute, your soul sinks into molten darkness and utter and complete insanity and sooner or later your mind wanders to the darker recesses of the subconscious.
Seeking Morbid Silence is a bleak display of black metal and makes you come face to face with your own mortality. Through the entire album you get a real display of what pain and torture sounds and feels like. Each second is filled with agonizing music that shreds not only your soul but your will to live and you sanity as well. This is chaotic black metal and there is no time to breath or catch your breathe throughout this release.
Even though there are times when Atel slows everything down to let the music sink in a little bit, it still is a harrowing listen that doesn’t give you time to recuperate from blitzkrieg that you witnessed before. As destructive as “Seeking Morbid Silence” can be, the album is still ambient and atmospheric. You don’t get vivid soundscapes of wonder and bliss within this sinful effort, but what you do get out of the atmosphere is utter darkness, disease, chaos, turmoil and shockingly bleak soundscapes.
Every song bleeds you dry with dissonant riffs, boisterous drumming and vocals that are screamed at you from every angle and not only shred to vocalist’s throat but your ears as well. Not only is this music wholly torturous but you are also its next sacrifice as it lays you upon a blood caked altar only to cut into you splaying your ribs exposing your still beating heart.
Seeking Morbid Silence is an album that shrouds you in a poisonous cloud and submerges you in a pitch black darkness. This style of black metal can be described as detrimental, chaotic, bleak and many other adjectives, but the thing that does matter is that it is purely morbid and soul crushing black metal.