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Aphotic : Apothic/Dusk Split

It’s maybe a lesser known fact in the dark doom scene that the names Aphotic and Dusk are strongly related. While the former (who disbanded only recently) are a well-known and respected entity in the realms of dark metal, Dusk are their somewhat obscure predecessors who have acquired legendary status within the doom metal genre but have sadly remained completely unknown to the rest of the metal population.

This split album resurrects the since years disbanded Dusk and combines their as yet unreleased swansong ‘The slumber’ with what has ironically become one of Aphotic’s last efforts since the band recently announced that they are breaking up. Aphotic are once again offering us exactly what they offered on their previous EPs: high quality mid tempo dark metal, which this time –even more than in the past- brings forth reminiscences of Katatonia’s masterpiece 'Brave Murder Day'. Their short, straightforward tracks are of high emotional and productional standards and can easily appeal to any fan of the aforementioned Katatonia, as well as bands like Rapture and Daylight Dies.

I always thought that there were traces of Aphotic in a lot of Dusk’s work, but this EP is unique in its ability to demonstrate the gradual transition of the one band to the other. The raw, aggressive sound we got accustomed to through the first two Dusk EP's is still there, but the band were clearly in a transitional period as more atmospheric elements than ever are present here: mysterious acoustic guitar parts, 'clean' and chanted vocals, and weird guitar synths create a mystical atmosphere not too dissimilar to diSEMBOWELMENT's unique mix of heavy, unrelenting death/doom metal with subtle ambient elements.

Aphotic fans can blindly buy this release as their new output is as consistent and high quality as all their previous EP’s. As for Dusk fans, this is a very interesting release from a historical point of view and a worthy addition to the two MCDs for which these purveyors of darkness and atmosphere are renowned.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Crystallized
2. Spade
3. Sea
4. All we have is this…

5. An aerial view
6. Steal my soul
7. The slumber
8. Perpetual shrieks
9. Moonbeams

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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