In complete spirit crushing fashion, NONE is set to unleash their third full length release titled Damp Chill of Life. After their self titled debut and last years record Life Has Gone On Long Enough, you can come to expect great depressive atmospheric black metal from these shadow lurkers. Destroying optimism, stealing light and replacing it with bitter shadow, NONE offers up seven brand new tracks that are sure to leave you in a pale depressive state. With their oppressive and bleak atmosphere, NONE buries you once more underneath the permafrost leaving you to be chilled to the bone, bitter and alone.
Through these seven long tracks, NONE moves forth wraith like, ever flowing and shifting from one depressive tone to the next. Each track picks apart your psyche leaving you in a dark and bitter place from which you cannot crawl out of. Each track flows well together as when one ends the next picks up right where the previous track left off shrouding you in pure misery and anguish for the entire run time. With each track being as lengthy as they are, NONE takes their time to unravel and unfold their depressive soundscape trapping you in their ever mesmerizing yet bleak ambiance.
As wicked and solemn as the ambiance and atmosphere is throughout this release is, the musicianship plays just as big of a part. Not very often is it that you hear NONE break in to a complete bone rattling blitzkrieg as the majority of the time you are treated to a more down tempo, melodic and melancholic sound. The instrumentation and the atmospherics throughout this record work greatly hand in hand to present to you an overall incredibly depressive yet hypnotic sound that is hard to shake. Each track within this record is a well sewn together piece of work that enchants and invites you in only for you to freeze to the bone and lie under the frost covered soundscapes lifeless.
Every aspect of this record is so well executed. From the instrumentation, to the icy atmospherics to the dissonant pained vocals to the overall great production, this record is a great one. Damp Chill of Life is a wicked record, one that grips you from beginning to end with the frigid hand of death. Each track is a haunting reverie that invites you to die alone among the shadows and the frost and you don’t have much choice but to abide. Damp Chill of Life is an excellently crafted record, one that grabs your attention and keeps you coming back for more and more. Not enough can be said regarding this record. The only thing left to say is that this will be quite simply one of the best depressive black metal and black metal releases in general this year.
Damp Chill of Life will be released April 11 through Hypnotic Dirge Records.
You can order the record now right here.