A very good album, with a lot of nuances, Second Sequence is – in a more limited perspective, and I will explain why – a formidable record, that really solidifies atmospheric black metal as a genre, with poetic melodies and melancholic harmonies all the way through. With a genuine and philosophic approach that entices the listener to penetrate inside a world of gloom and emotion, both tracks are filled with significant meaning and consistent musical patterns, that explores very well the more soft and elusive possibilities offered by the genre.
Although some moments are really excessively monotonous – especially in the first longer track –, they elaborate an interesting alternate sonorous dimension with their sound, that reevaluates the most abysmal and condescending aspects of atmospheric black metal. In this natural cosmos where you can relax and let your thoughts migrate into the everlasting sincerity of profound and distant worlds, Second Sequence functions as a portal to a methodical labyrinth of sensitivity and obliteration, where everything has a different meaning, and the emptiness of the world is transmuted into something exponentially new.
Although the premise, the musical compromise and the technicality of both bands are genuinely impeccable, the album resents the fact of being too vague – which, if worked right, functions in favor of the genre, of course – and evidently, becomes excessively fastidious. I cannot label Second Sequence as a masterpiece, although both bands on this split have considerable potential. Atmospheric black metal does integrate as part of the genre very long songs, but a little more objectivity cannot be ruled out. It can be a great quality; maybe, a necessary one.
I don’t know how many enthusiasts of the genre will like this album. Honestly, Second Sequence, despite its flaws, does have its possibilities. But in what concerns its overwhelming vagueness, it can be also a tiresome record to listen to, and I don’t see it as becoming a cult favorite. Nonetheless, feel free to listen to it, and to elaborate your own opinion.