Hailing from Santiago, Chile is Sol Sistere and above is their newest offering titled Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum. This release is comprised of eight songs that are packed with nothing but atmospheric black metal. Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum is an onslaught and soul shredding effort that doesn’t quit until you have been damned to the eternal pits of hell. This record is powerful and each song is just as atmospheric and bleak as the last and the more that you listen the more you sink back into the deepest recesses of your mind from which you may not be seen again.
The tone is set early in Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum as the opener Death Knell provides you with a dismal and cold intro that eventually turns into a blistering black metal anthem. That tone of despair, emptiness and damnation gets set early and holds true all throughout this record. After that brief intro there aren’t too many places that you will be able to find solace as each and every song is a blackened dirge of pure soul shredding black metal. Sol Sistere doesn’t let up for a single moment as they roll out one song after the next and pummel you straight into the earth and eventually into hell.
Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum is a cold and twisting album that makes you shrink back into a dark corner of your mind until the album finally pushes you off the edge. Sol Sistere has created a sound that is both vicious and melancholy all at the same time, so as you are being attacked by demonic screams and writhing riffs you sink into despair all at the same time. Each song is a writhing blackened mass of metal that has every intention of banishing your soul to hell for all eternity and then some. Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum is a heavy and uncompromising album and once it has sucked you in you end up staying for quite some time.
On top of the scorching and punishing musicianship Sol Sistere provides you with great amounts of atmosphere as well. The atmosphere provided is just as deadly as the raw and punishing wall of blackened noise. Throughout this record you get enveloped in a dark, bleak and abyssal fog and each song gets your mind to wander throughout cold and abysmal soundscapes. Sol Sistere does a great job of not only getting your attention with pure and blistering black metal, but they captivate your attention and make you stay all throughout a listen with their damning, bleak and melancholic atmospheres as well.
This record holds you as its audience until the final note has sounded and when that note is finished you end up reaching for the play button again. Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum is a captivating, smooth and well executed album that is ultimately hard to stop listening to. This is a record that has just about everything in it that you could want in an atmospheric black metal release. Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum is heavy, crawling with atmosphere and completely memorable, and that makes for a great album and a great listen.