Over the years, I have occasionally wished for a mythical “vocal eliminator” to save otherwise high-quality bands from their terrible singers. Upon first hearing of Russia’s all-instrumental Annorkoth, I thought that I might hope for just the opposite, but that turned out to not be the case at all. These simple, repetitive Black Metal structures have a doomy, depressing Dark Ambient quality to them that is almost hypnotic thanks to the (I think) deliberate decision to sometimes mix the sparse drums quietly into the background, and, of course, the lack of any vocals. Annorkoth is a one-man band, and its prolific mastermind B.M. has somehow already released three albums and an EP so far this year (and it’s only March!), with The Eternal Coldness being the first. Admittedly, the right mood would have to strike to want to hear this, and things could have been a bit more sonically ominous, but B.M. has created something unique with this album, and I’m looking forward to hearing his other work.
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