Following on from 2020’s The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers, Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones contains 42 minutes of new material. Brought to us by the artist behind Summit and Vertebra Atlantis, Cosmic Putrefaction’s music consists of progressive death metal augmented with doom and black metal highlights.
The album picks up where the last one left off, only this time with an expanded vision, an increased atmospheric component, and a stronger sound. Aided and abetted by the drummer of Nero di Marte/Hideous Divinity, the artist has fleshed out his vision with skill. The album is a broad soundscape of death metal that doesn’t limit itself to just the core style.
The songs are composed with a combination of progressive structuring and brutal intent. The death metal is vicious and punishing, but also becomes rich in eerie atmosphere and sinister, apocalyptic mood when the occasion calls for it.
Despite the rampant brutality these songs are intricate and nuanced. They are filled with creative flourishes and many interesting ideas. Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones is an album of atypical death metal in this regard, as it takes the listener on an apocalyptic journey into the far ranging realms of atmospheric and progressive death metal.
I enjoyed this a great deal. If you like death metal that goes beyond the central elements of the style, then Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones is for you.
Very highly recommended.