This is Depressive Black Metal that starts gently with a soft piano intro and quickly descends into the kind of despondent, oppressive music that Depressive Black Metal is all about.
Aspects of Shoegaze are present in the mix and the songs easily invoke feelings of sadness and nostalgia in the listener.
The vocals are mainly high-pitched screams that are just as serrated and barbed as you would expect, lashing out from the down-beat music like savage whips.
There’s a decent, fuzzy guitar sound that strikes just the right tone between being cold and emotive. The tracks are straightforward takes on the sub-genre and have enough dynamics and content to work.
Piano parts are artfully laced throughout the tracks just enough to add a further veneer of melancholy to things.
I favour this kind of music the slower and more miserable it sounds, and Apathie is no different.
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Favourite Track: Jahr.