I recall Sedna from their enjoyable, if brief, split with Dementia Senex. Lasting just under 8 minutes, their contribution was a quality listen, which made me excited to hear this full-length.
This time we get a full 50 minutes of music, spread across four sprawling tracks. If you haven’t encountered Sedna before, then you’re in for a treat. They take a black metal base and build onto it a strong scaffold of sludge, doom and post-metal supports, making for a secure structure that bears repeat visits.
With an exploratory nature that gives a sense of wandering through the night sky, the band fill their music with expansive blackened post-metal that sees them taking in the sights with a raw honesty and authentic passion.
The music is emotive and involving, atmospheric and welcoming. With a cold astral veneer and a warm, textured heart, these long songs take the listener on a journey through the darkness, and it’s one that’s worth going on for sure.
The vocals are sparse and occasionally used. Unfortunately the shouting-style took a bit of getting used to, as I have a preference for these type of vocals to be a bit lower down in the mix for this kind of music. However, this doesn’t spoil the album, and for me it’s the more blackened gargles and screams that hit the spot better.
The last song is a vocal-less ambient track, which calmly plays us out.
Overall Sedna have released an enjoyable album of post-black metal resplendence. I suggest you give it a listen.