Melodic based death metal is mixed with gothic and black metal atmospheres. The album brings a story of life reflections balancing between life and death. Thoughtful lyrics tell stories about loss, love, acceptance, hope and remission. The darker side of life is etched in song structures containing heavy hypnotic guitar riffs and blasting beats. Mysterious Lars knows how to play the strings with sharp solos and slow melancholic parts precisely woven in the eight tracks of this album.
It’s difficult to categorize Ethereal Darkness. The use of melodic guitar work with a mix of death and black metal vocals has very interesting result. Wintersun appeared in our mind to describe the varied wall of sound Ethereal Darkness shapes, but with less complexity. The production and mastering of this surprising piece of work is almost too good to believe and flirting with a strained feeling.
Smoke And Shadows is a conceptual album about how our lives are like rivers flowing slowly into the sea. This Belgian artist provides with no doubt a nice listening session for the dark and lonely winter evenings. We will embrace this music during black X-mas days.