Now, before I elaborate further on this crushing album, I want to say that I'm not an ardent defender the term "post black metal". Since the early nineties, I have heard countless of albums with an eerie atmosphere, blast beats, shrieking guitars and fearsome screams and to me, they are all black metal. From the old school style of Venom to the Scandinavian waves of bands like Mayhem and Darkthrone to the symphonic approach of Dimmu Borgir and today's whole post-craze. It's all black metal.
And 'End Of Chapter' is everything you would expect a decent black metal album to be. It contains all the necessary ingredients, here and there enhanced by elements from sludge metal. With those elements, these Lithuanians have succeeded in creating an intense and highly convincing album, one that immediately grabs you by the throat and never lets go. 'IX' is my absolute favorite here, a song that sounds as ritual and shamanistic as it is overpowering and mesmerizing. This song alone is worth purchasing the entire album, believe me.
So, regardless of the word "post", I think 'End Of Chapter' is an absolute must have for any fan of black metal, from Immortal to Deafheaven and from Marduk to Alkerdeel. Judging from the concert I have seen and the sheer intensity of this album, if really feels like Au-Dessus is ready to take of the world of extreme metal. I hope they do. Their sound is one of the most convincing I have heard in awhile. This is not just another black metal band, this is an entity of despair, sorrow, pain and grief, delivering some amazing music...