M.L. Jupe – Everything
1. Millennium Shroud
2. The Borrower
3. Summer’s Widow
4. Withered Years
Hailing from Australia and now residing in Norway, multi-instrumentalist M.L. Jupe has unleashed his new one-man project Felgrave upon the metal world with a debut album that has been made with many a keen funeral doom or death/doom lover in mind.
A Waning Light is, in my eyes, one of the most morosely marvellous releases of this ilk in the past few years, for it has captured the dark and putrid ennui that only a one-man band familiar with some of the world’s loneliest places can provide.
At first, you’re treated to some slow and gut-wrenching death metal low-fi that puts many greats like early Paradise Lost and Anathema to shame, but as you move along the tracklisting, the audible void widens until you feel you’re lost in an endless forest of pain-inflicting undergrowth, and trees that grow closer towards the body till you feel trapped in a claustrophobic atmosphere.
If Jupe had such a mystical idea of futility in mind when assembling this album, he’s definitely got there and has stretched the length and breadth of the album to send the listener down the proverbial rabbit hole of melancholia. I should point out that this is an album that requires a time commitment for the full experience, for all tracks bar the instrumental “Summer’s Widow”, are over 10 minutes in length. As someone who prefers shorter songs, this was an album I had to properly commit to, so don’t put this on if you’re one of the faint-hearted or easily distracted.
Overall, this is one very impressive debut from a band I can see turning out more and more releases in the near future. Felgrave appears to be that new band that will have a new set of dirges ready for anyone who feels the need to soothe their woes whenever they reach the next difficult point in life. Give this band a shot if you’re looking for delightful melancholia that is hypnotic, mystical, and atmospheric all together.