All My Sins – Lunar/Solar (Review)

All My SinsAll My Sins are a Serbian black metal band and this is their debut EP.

This is the band’s first EP after two demos that came out over 13 years ago. Hopefully we won’t have to wait just as long for any further material in the future.

This is a thematic release, with the first two tracks representing the darker Lunar side, and the final two tracks representing the lighter solar one. This translates musically into either the darker, grimmer black metal of the first two songs, or the more expansive and emotive black metal of the second half.

Everything is tied together with a coherent blackened aura though, and the two sides aren’t that different, despite what I may have implied above. This is an old-school atmospheric black metal release, with the playing time used to build mood and infect the listener’s mind with thoughts of obscure spiritual feelings and reflective mystical thoughts.

Jeka Prve Kiše is an introductory mood piece, setting a depressive tone full of forlorn longing and dashed hope. This serves as a warm up for the sharp, atmospheric black metal of Pod Mesecom Prastari Hrast, which sounds like it could have come straight out of 1994. It’s a very enjoyable track that reminds me of the early days of Emperor and Immortal, which is no bad thing in my book. These two tracks constitute the Lunar side of the release, and they certainly evoke images of the night, with a full winter’s moon rising.

The onset of morning is heralded by Pomen Usnulom Suncu, which is also the longest track on the EP. Similar in style to the previous song, it nonetheless has a brighter tone, in keeping with the Solar theme for this side of the EP. For me, this translates into a bit of a more upbeat Windir feeling, which basically means that Pomen Usnulom Suncu is quite a winner. The Solar side, and the EP as a whole, ends with Zbogom, which is the Solar outro equivalent of the Lunar intro Jeka Prve Kiše.

All My Sins have produced a short, but compelling, EP, with the two main songs that form the middle of the release demonstrating a band with an easy mastery of the second wave atmospheric style.

Definitely one to check out.

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