Riffing is slow and the sound is built like a path, with not much of variation, focused on an internal journey. The album could be classified under atmospheric black metal precisely because it’s the overall atmosphere that drives the intense feelings going behind it. Lord Aegeon takes his time to develop a song exactly in the way it’s supposed to go. Like it happens in the track “Death Moves the Waves at the River Tuoni”, we grasp an epic feel under the depressive soul that’s developing its body.
While I’m listening to the last song “Treacherous Gates of Silver”, I’m already looking at this album’s front cover and thinking about the switching of the traditional black metal aesthetics for something more abstract, almost resembling an intense aurora borealis, with the green glow taking over the night. Besides the distortion of the sound and the catharsis coming from the vocals, this album doesn’t stand on the brutal side. It’s like an attempt to move away from an outside world that doesn’t make sense anymore.
Devouring the Sun was released in CD format on June 21 2016 by Elegy Records.
2. Portraits of Man
3. Art of the Terminal Metamorphosis
5. Death Moves the Waves at the River Tuoni
6. Treacherous Gates of Silver
Text by Vetrarnótt