Last year’s Entropy was a jaw-dropping release that was chock-full of atmospheric blackened goodness. It was a highly accomplished album and Elusion continues the theme.
Like Entropy, this is very atmospheric and richly textured music. It has elements of psychedelic, progressive and depressive Black Metal, as well as aspects of doom and post-metal. This all manifests in well-realised songs that follow the same line as the previous album, only in an even more expansive, exploratory fashion; on Elusion there are some monster tracks, with two songs almost hitting the 20 minute mark.
Different moods and feeling play out over the atmospheric soundscapes, and emotive melodies, leads, solos and synths are all included for the listener’s delectation. Due to the long song playing times there is more than enough room for the music to explore any avenue it chooses, and no stone is left unturned in the quest for downbeat atmosphere.
The static-like high screams are still in attendance, which is a style of vocal that I always enjoy with my atmospheric black metal. They work here as expressive highlights or focal points for the colourfully emotive music.
Another highly impressive release from Echoes of the Moon. Make sure you give this a listen.