Okay, gave it a couple of good listens:
First of all, this is really good
stuff compared to professional shit you hear nowadays. It is the best output from someone so closely involved with the DLA I have heard as of yet with the exception of Cargest`s Visions demo (which was a bit clumsy). Scratch that, it is really good full stop.
Problems: Melodies man! In the pursuit of minimalism, musicality has perhaps been sidelined just a little bit. Extremely simple tremolo picked melodies may be what black metal has become, but why do you have to do that? Broaden your spirit, let loose! In my opinion you should be taking cues from Tha-Norr and Throne of Ahaz. Anyone can do ambient darkness, few can create true beauty out of it. Related; there is little drama to your music. I mean its there, but since your approach seems so goddamn studied
, I cant feel it. The synth motif that plays in Somatic Christ undergoes a little variation later on, but that doesnt feel like anything has happened. At. All. It could have been extended a bit, but this is not a criticism.
More, these songs all feel very incomplete. Like a third or half of a song (disclaimer, I have deliberately not listened to the final track because well... fuck this shit. Lets stop talking about ambient and classical and whatnot and at least get the fucking metal right
. I like the solos, they may not be entirely fitting or whatever, but they have some intensity that the rest of the music lacks.
Overall, the one thing I wished was there was a baring of your soul. I want to feel your expression in my bones. I dont want to listen to a more accomplished Von. Anyway its your project, and from how you advertised it, your intent seems to have been realized. I get the feeling your approach to your own music is clinical, analytical, systemizing and cold. Forget structure for now, that has never been what has made the best metal truly beautiful. Sure, that extends it, but at its core its just plain simple heartfelt musical expression. Even expressing coldness requires feeling, heart, soul, whatever you want to call it. You are so close, so very close. I think if you stick to this in 2 years or so we will have a real contender on our hands.
Well done my friend, I want to shake your hand. Vocals were pretty good too. Maybe its your liberalistic/secular tendencies that make your music a bit sterile
. Come to the dark side, nihilistic pereniallism awaits.