A PALE DECEMBER "The Shrine Of Primal Fire" [CD, Digipak]
2017 - Atmospheric Black/Ambient from Italy
The grey mist surrounding Milan was the perfect setting for Korpsvart and Ymir to start writing music, an atmospheric black metal devoted to the Pacific Northwest, yet mixed with blackgaze and a taste of depressive rock. The milanese band is only debuting, but their sound is definite and varied, yet humble. A first effort which shows a precise direction, the album succeeds in mixing fury and softness, nostalgia and sense of wonder. In the musicians own words, "though not exactly what one would call a concept album, "The Shrine Of..." can be considered as a coherent journey through the most sublime, yet dismal, aspects of nature and myth; a voyage which ultimately merges with a reflection on the human condition and its fleeting nature." "The Shrine Of Primal Fire finds a perfect balance between so many different feelings, making the music of A Pale December the perfect autumn soundtrack.