Black Whispers formed in Costa Rica but gradually became an international band with members in Costa Rica, Mexico and Italy. With songs about depression, nature and dark poetry, this quartet comes up with a highly atmospheric and depressive black metal album, or "blackened doom" if you feel that tempo is a defining part of a genre. Yes, the music is quite slow, but equally intense and punishing as any black metal band you can find.
The intro is excellent and fits perfectly with the rest of the music, which obviously is a good thing. I've heard too many black metal albums starting out with an imminent and haunting intro, only to be followed by chaotic, primitive and unimaginative extremes, but here it's all perfect. 'Gloom', the first actual song, is a stunning track, emotional, intense, the kind of metal to lay down on the floor and cry out every bit of frustration and despair inside of you.
'Never-ending Unsteadiness' brings more of those torpid tempos, those grinding guitars and those eerie soundscapes. By now I'm quite convinced that even post-rock lovers could appreciate these songs, perhaps only the ones who also like creepy and macabre horror movies, but still. On 'Stuck In The Past Ruins', the tempo goes up, headbanging becomes a possibility, but personally, I still prefer the foetal position, solely because of the crushing darkness coming from my speakers.
In all, this is a stunning piece of depressive and atmospheric black metal, highly immersive, certainly on a high volume. I'm not sure if this band ever plans to perform live but I hope they feel like touring with this material. I'm positive that they will find a lot of like-minded souls wherever they go. For those dark souls, this album comes highly recommended...