With formidable technical skills and a great intuition to give to each and every track a more distinctive and spontaneous grace of luxurious, but sober grandiloquence – without ever disqualifying or deforming the original and placid beauty of them – Lumnos concedes to this plural and salutary tribute album a precious value, that expands to the exterior levels of his creative sagacity the visible and genuine soul of an omniscient pattern of sensibilities; that certainly qualifies this work as one of the best of its kind ever to be impersonated, simply because the sincere devotion the artist has to these particular tracks – and the impeccable execution that evidently came as a natural result – produced a work of such palatable and imperative beauty. So, even taking into consideration the fact that the work is exceedingly long, it is impossible not to feel fascinated by it. You can simply close your eyes, and embark on a vivid mental journey of imponderable serenity and melancholy, as your thoughts embark through the ages on a solitary itinerary of dark vicissitudes, embraced by the constant shadows of an harmonious rebellion, uncomprehensive to the pure and simple rationalization of the implacable void of life.
With an undertaking and cohesive strength that seems to communicate itself directly to the personal universe of the listener, Gratitude and Honor has a sense of solidarity that revolves around the conscience of an everlasting resignation, that excludes its ambitious narratives of undermining quietness around the ostensibly calm variants that the work deliberately gives, around the corner of each and every one of its gracefully sensational melodies, elaborated at the request of a dying sun that seems to eternally fade inside the realm of undeniably ardent, but always ascendant harmonies.
If you love a more sensible, calm, drowsy, conspicuous and serene work, you will certainly be enchanted with this tribute album by Lumnos. With a very peculiar rereading of exceedingly engraving black metal anthems, this record inserts the genre in a more introspective, personal, flexible and poetic perspective, rearranging in misanthropic and philosophic patterns the pervasive hallucinations of its inherent structural elements, that becomes appropriately sidelined with the more reasonable atmosphere of its aggrandizing sentiments of humanity and splendor.