The members of this fellowship explore the boundaries of the psyche, creating shivering soundscapes with the experimental use of strings and choirs. Darkness will be your friend while listening to this album.
‘Remembrance A Threnody’ starts with a drone, slowly opening the gate to an interesting dark ambient journey filled with desolated landscapes and abandoned places. The strings and the drones generate an atmosphere filled with doleful reflections so addictive that you want to stay in. The same tension continues with ‘Sinew Stretched Over Crumbing Bones’.
A viola rules the track ‘We Sing Over These Bones So That They May Rise Up And Run A Way Into The Night’, and makes you feel the absolute loneliness with no escaping from mind disintegration. The intensive drones with some ritual sparks on ‘Helene’ will energize your fear of walking in dark woods, because the sounds make you feel like something is waiting for you behind every tree.
The last track, River of Blood, ends with drones and soundscapes which paint hallucinating images of unknown creatures in your mind. The mournful viola pushes your thoughts further into the shades of Hades and beyond. Common Eider, King Eider succeeds in keeping up the dark cavernous vibes with enough variation to have this album in your music collection. I am already curious what the second part will bring.