Sol hails from Aarhus, Denmark. Founded in the beginning of this century, this act has adopted many different incarnation, all roaming in the dark underworld of the music scene. On this album it seems that Sol takes on the doom metal approach but it wouldn't be Sol if there wasn't a lot more to it. I hear elements from sludge (vocals), funeral doom (tempo), martial industrial (aggression) and black metal (atmosphere).
Perhaps it can be imagine a little something like this: Xasthur and Esoteric crawl into a studio with the instrumentation of Blood Axis, inviting Make Pesonen (Karjalan Sissit) on vocals. After a short intro, 'Ascending to the Embrace of Clouds' takes the listener on a mournful journey of despair, bleakness and hopelessness. Everything on this album breathes this eerie, haunting atmosphere.
The journey continues throughout the album, often taking the form of modern classical or acoustic drones and on other occasions bursting out with lingering guitars. 'Black Belly Of The Beast' for example is one of the most epic funeral doom tracks I've ever heard, even though there are little crushing guitars and pounding drums. It has the power to make every doom metal fan bow for the might of Sol.
In memes language, this definitely would be a lay-on-the-floor, try-not-to-cry, cry-your-eyes-out album. The whole atmosphere is so deeply depressing that I imagine fans at concerts just laying there, drowning in a huge puddle of each others' tears, wondering what the fuck they have done with their lives. This is musical exorcism in it's purest form and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you are into depressive music, whatever subgenre it might be.