Amestigon - Sun Of All Suns review

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Band: Amestigon
Album: Sun Of All Suns
Release date: 2010

01. Autophobia
02. Daymares, Ketamine And Misanthropy
03. Mary Go Round
04. Satanic Flesh
05. Sun Of All Suns
06. That Which Is Falling...

Amestigon is an Austrian black metal band, you might not know them as they have released just a few demos, EPs and splits, yet you may know some of the members partaking in the line-up, Tharen and Silenius for example as they have played an important part in the Austrian metal scene. Both of them have been part of Abigor's first era, whereas the first one holds Dargaard and the second is the co-main figure of Summoning. Quite a worth-mentioning course to say the least and along with Lanz and Herr Wolf that complete the band the time has come for the Sun Of All Suns to rise and I have to admit I pretty much liked the cover artwork.

The album opens with an Abigor-esque intro ("Autophobia") and "Daymares, Ketamine and Misanthropy" enters dynamically with the razor sharp guitar riffing while Silenius' howling shrieks transcend a claustrophobic atmosphere that slowly becomes more melodic and devout with inspired harmonies, a glimpse of eerie sunrays before darkness arises once again. This sums up pretty well its sound, threatening, powerful and fierce moments that turn to melodic or even acoustic passages and vice versa or somewhere inbetween. The guitars create atmosphere and the keyboards/orchestrations with their limited appearance lend yet another dark essence adorning the ambiance. An epic vibe is sligthly present at times, but don't dream of Summoning references, only a misty aura is vivid at times. The chanting vocal lines evoke a devout feeling in the air but they don't overrun the album through its whole duration, there are many enriching elements like the harping chords etc that appear not often, but when they do, they serve their purpose.

If I could pick up a highlight, it has to be the title track, fabulous in its own introvert and intense atmosphere, still I have to admit that the album flows definitely as one, the one song succeeds the next one with an obscure kind of chemistry that makes Sun Of All Suns a very pleasant experience. In one hand it will keep you very good company, but it won't blow your mind either. I personally enjoyed it a lot, it's powerful, melodic and atmospheric at the same time with a Nachthymnen (From The Twilight Kingdom) aesthetic. One of the not so many black metal albums I got along really well this year.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Written on 14.10.2010 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."

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