ATRAMENTUS – Stygian

Rating: 4/5
Label:
20 Buck Spin
Distributor:
Soulfood
Released:
2020
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ATRAMENTUS

Band line-up:

Francois Bilodeau – Synthesized Threnodies, Spectral Hamonics, Dismal Atmospheric Vibrations
Antoine Daigneault – Five-stringed Cerulean Chasm Convulsions
Claude Leduc – Six-Stringed Glacial Blood-Steel Intonations
Phil Tougas – Six-Stringed Howling Black Winds, Subterranean Throat, Funereal Chants, Frozen Screams
Xavier Berthiaume – Seismic Pulse & The Ceaseless Pounding In The Eastern Horizon

Tracklisting:

1. Stygian I: From Tumultuous Heavens… (Descended Forth The Ceaseless Darkness) [16:28]
2. Stygian II: In Ageless Slumber (As I Dream In The Doleful Embrace Of The Howling Black Winds) [4:55]
3. Stygian III: Perennial Voyage (Across The Perpetual Planes Of Crying Frost & Steel-Eroding Blizzards) [23:17]

Review:

This autumn, immerse yourself into the grandiose and icy abyss that is ‘Stygian’. As the seasons change and winter reaches out its cold and bony fingers, embrace its deathly grip and indulge the journey told by ATRAMENTUS of a nameless knight who wanders the frozen wasteland of an ill and forgotten Earth. Through the gift of God’s sword, he is granted immortality, and as the eventual extinguishment of the sun leaves all other life to perish, the Knight endures endless physical torture under unbearable blizzard winds, all the while suffering painful memories of the life he once knew, his loved ones buried deep underneath this perpetually hellish landscape.

ATRAMENTUS

Extreme Funeral Doom and Dark Ambient elements adorn the language of ‘Stygian”s soundscape, each of the three songs differing immensely to embody the transition from autumn to winter. Combined with the anguish and ferocity of Black Metal and the aesthetic of Epic Doom Metal, the intense melancholy of ATRAMENTUS‘ music keeps the listener engaged and leaves them haunted, as if they themselves have traveled thousands of miles in search of a hopeless and impossible respite, never to be seen again by any living soul for all of eternity.

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Resonant piano notes shrouded in dark clouds and biting blizzard snow present the entrance to the world of ‘Stygian’. Immediately, the immense and numbing weight the doomed knight lives under can be felt with the heaviness of a thousand avalanches. Within the sinister spell cast by the howling wind, a guttural throat vocal carries along the plains on a hollow soundwave. One can only describe this deep and alarming voice as intimidating and greatly impressive. Pitch-black and void of any semblance of the warmth the daytime once brought, the wretched existence of this black-hole world is vividly brought to life by ATRAMENTUS, who not only do a fantastic job of layering atmospheric elements and guitar melodies to paint their wicked picture, but whose vision and talent are executed formidabely by the stunning musical progression that tells their powerful story.

Here, there is no saving grace, no silver-lined horizon, no miracle to even dream of. Boundless suffering fuels the tragedy of the doomed knight in his eternal wandering, frostbitten with no purpose but to roam and endure. With no end goal in sight, his irrevocable despair grows in vain. In solely worsening conditions, only one thing is possible: a total and irreparable descent into madness.

Embrace the dreadful voyage of the nameless knight, and find yourself entranced by the epic and tragic doom saga that is ‘Stygian’.

 

ATRAMENTUS

 

Review by Kat Knite
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