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Vvilderness - Devour The Sun (2017) - Review

Band: Vvilderness
Album title: Devour The Sun
Release Date: 27 October 2017
Label: Self-Released

01. Starless Dark
02. Sól
03. Devour The Sun
04. Life
05. New Earth
06. Aftershine

"...paint the sky with fine aurora ... overfly and wake the earth..."

Someone who has the ability to be alone, responsible for all work of epic proportions like Vvilderness and his debut album, Devour The Sun, undoubtedly, deserves all our deference and recognition. Ferenc Kapiller the Hungarian mastermind behind Vvilderness with just “a paper, a pen, a guitar and a computer," as in his own words, released on 27th October the most superb album of atmospheric black metal of 2017. But you must know that Kapiller is not a new name on the scene, he started the instrumental post-rock project called Rain Catalogue in October 2011, then changed the name into Release The Long Ships and in November 2014 released the debut album named Vvilderness. In May 2016 the album Holocene was released, a beautiful instrumental atmospheric post-rock album. Now Kapiller decided to go a bit more extreme with Vvilderness.
The new effort, Devour The Sun, is an opulent selection of magical synths, various samples, analogue sounds, visionaries soundscapes with delightful melodies. In Devour The Sun this genius dives deep into the atmospheric field of black metal aligned with post-black metal and supreme blackgaze. In all senses I see just perfection, he did all the artwork for his albums, his dexterity to write emotive and soul touching lyrics are just jaw-dropping.

"Starless Dark" and "Life" are instrumental tracks of extreme beauty and excitement, with impressive acoustic guitar. Dark melodies shown in captivating blast beats. Highly atmospheric and melancholic, yet like in the whole album, there is no deathly despair nor a heavy and suffocating darkness, instead, just beauty of emotions transformed into music. Undoubtedly, you will be sucked into the lively emotional atmosphere, a real journey of pure beauty. All of the tracks are in perfect harmony with each other, I could not find a single slide. The track "Sól" delivers the beauty that can coexist with chaos and the glorious melancholic riffs show this feature. The otherworldly "New Earth" offers some amazing soul touching melodies and very well inserted folkish/celtic elements. "Aftershine", the last track on the album is long, epic, not even for a bit dull, on the contrary, you will not even feel how the time passes by. Special attention to the gloomy riffs in contrast with blasting drums and blackened rasps that make this track a real stand out.

Ferenc Kapiller is a full-fledged artist, and as difficult as it is to build an album of this proportions, Kapiller really does not need anyone else next to him to toast us with masterpieces of the atmospheric genre. He is an excellent writer of poetry, yes, because it is not just songs, the lyrics also matter. An excellent draftsman, excellent musician, and everything else you want to think exists in the making of an album. An epic and emotional work like this demands time, herculean dedication and certainly we can even wait a few years for a new album, because without a doubt it will be excellent.

There are few bands, label-backened or independent, that can craft emotive materials the way that this man do. Both Vvilderness and Release The Long Ships are highly recommended for those who want beauty in darkness. Masterpieces that are not just for fans of the genre, but for all lovers of fine dark music art!

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 10/10


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Band: Cities Last Broadcast
Album title: The Humming Tapes
Release date: 14 June 2016
Label: Cryo Chamber

The Humming Tapes by Cities Last Broadcast is Pär Boström's first solo album on Cryo Chamber, and following suit, it is mastered by none other than Simon Heath! With The Cancelled Earth, Pär Boström focused thematically on an apocalyptic wasteland, all that remained after humanity finally did itself in. Often, throughout the album, decaying and irradiated landscapes were transformed from visions in Pär Boström's mind into vivid and horrifyingly bleak soundscapes. Seven years later, The Humming Tapes does not return to this destroyed and forgotten world. It steps back in time, to a time when we were just beginning to devour our planet at an exponentially increasing rate; a time when humanity still had a sense of wonder and mysticism about itself.

Read a full review HERE