Taking ques from black metal, doom, synth, ambient and more, Ardormort offers up a surreal atmospheric and ambient sound that is easy to get pulled in to. To Live and To Die is the title of Ardormort’s sophomore full length in which you will find six total tracks of nothing but ever enchanting and enveloping instrumental atmospheric metal. From their debut EP to their full length to this release, Ardormort really shows a lot of growth and focus within this offering that may not have been present within the first full length. With a cohesive, well rounded and focused sound, Ardormort offers up their best yet with To Live and To Die.
To Live and To Die is an easy release to fall in to and get drawn in by. Through each of the six tracks that are present here you are treated to soft ambiance and atmosphere that does a great job of enveloping you never letting you escape until the final track has concluded. As the seconds tick off of the run time, you become more and more enchanted and hypnotized, forever sinking further and further in to the vast ocean of atmosphere that is provided.
Through the wave of hypnotizing atmosphere you of course are greeted by serene riffs that are to be coupled with a great drum performance as well. From the riffs to the drumming to the synths and everything in between, each track is a well constructed offering that provides you with a surreal and sound that makes your float among the dense ambient laden clouds. Never wavering or breaking stride, Ardormort rolls from track to track with fluidity providing you with an overall cohesive and mind wandering sound that will keep you coming back for more.
Overall, To Live and To Die is a great effort. As mentioned, this release really displays a great maturity from the first full length as each element incorporated in to each track is implemented well to gift you with a memorable and engaging listen. Ardormort has found their stride here with this release and really hit the nail on the head with providing us with a pure atmospheric and ambiance filled release that makes you mind melt among the fluid soundscapes that are provided. Each offering is very solid making this entire release to be very good and one that will surely please fans of atmospheric metal and music in general.
Ardormort is a newer band with its inception coming about earlier this year and their debut EP Exist For Nothing… only coming about a few months ago. Fast forward to the present and this one man band has unleashed yet another offering that is self titled. Immediately you can tell the difference between the EP and this self titled release as the musicianship is tighter as is the song writing as a whole. Within the seven tracks that are presented within this release you are treated to a menagerie of genres as Ardormort sews black metal, doom, synth, atmospheric tendencies and much more together to create a unique and intriguing sound.
This murky release shape shifts constantly, ever providing you with diversity and variety, never for you to hear the same sound twice. Ardormort does a great job of mixing and matching genres creating an all together fluid and cohesive sound. Never once do other genres trip over each other as each one works together pretty seamlessly. With all of the genres that are within this release listed above, you may seem to think that the sound would be jumbled and chaotic, but it is quite the opposite. This self titled release is a fluid and comprehensive from beginning to end.
There is no denying that the overall sound is odd, that much you cannot fight, but all at the same time it is compelling and unique. More than just black metal and doom, the most interesting aspects of this release are the synth oddities and strange atmospheres that work in coalescence with the black metal and doom genes. The synth elements work well within this offering as it provides you with a dark undertone and atmosphere that is hard to ignore.
With all of its oddities and with all of the genres that are worked in here, this self titled release is a nice step up from the debut EP. Everything comes together nicely here and nothing feels out of place as each element finds its right place among the blackened noise.
With the convergence of gothic tendencies and black metal, new comers to the sonic soundscape Ardormort provide a lo-fi, darkened and melancholic sound to sink in to. Exist for Nothing is the debut EP by these black metal wielders which sports four tracks of blackened ambiance and an overall atmosphere of listlessness. Each track is steeped in a melancholic haze that has a knack for drawing you in and getting your mind lost in the fog.
The opener Carved in Silence opens slowly with an overall forlorn atmosphere that builds and builds until around the two and a half minute mark before Ardormort kicks things in to gear presenting you with an up tempo blackened assault. Carved in Silence hits you with fuzzed out lo-fi riffs that are paired with raspy gravel filled vocals as well as ever pulsing drumming and the ever prominent keys and synths that set an overall melancholic atmosphere. Carved in Silence is a great opener to this offering as it sets the pace and the mood for the remaining three tracks and gives you a nice six minute taste as to what is to come.
Each of the four tracks within this release combine both gothic, black metal and ambient elements together well to create an overall cohesive and full sound. Through each of the four tracks here within Exist for Nothing you get unique sounds throughout. Never once do you hear the same sound running through the veins of any one of these tracks as Ardormort does a great job of keeping things fresh and varied. Each track is a solid mix of gothic, ambient and black metal that works well creating an overall nice sound that is easy to sink your teeth in to.
The keys and synths are a very prominent feature that runs throughout each track as it provides you with the foggy and murky atmosphere that courses through the veins of this EP. The atmosphere provided by the keys is one that is melancholic and has an ability to draw you in, but not enough. If there is a new release to come about, I wish for the atmosphere to be more dense and prominent.
Overall, Exist for Nothing is a solid debut outing that could use some fine tuning here and there but is overall solid nonetheless. Each track is varied and diverse making this to be an entertaining release overall.