Release the stunning debut album by Norwegian post-metal band Sundrowned “Become Ethereal”
Norwegian metal band Drowned in the sun named their first album Become ethereal, and between that and the aesthetic of the artwork (see above), you can probably guess that it’s not exactly the metal to his most evil worship. It’s a beautiful metal album, which draws as much from black and sludge metal as it does from post-rock and dream pop. It sort of strikes a balance between the “blackgaze” of Deafheaven and Alcest and the prettier post-sludge metal side of Neurosis and Cult of Luna, and Sundrowned has really breathed new life into the post-metal landscape. You can probably guess a lot of their influences, but they sound fresh and Become ethereal is an exciting album. Once you click on play, it’s hard to turn it off.
The beauty aspect is enhanced by the cello on three songs by Anders Sørvik and wonderful guest vocals sung cleanly on Emilie Østebø’s “The Eternal”, but despite all the talk about the beauty of this album, it remains is heavy. Lead member Jone Amundsen Piscopo has a throat-breaking roar, and the rhythm section is as heavy as any sludge metal band.
It’s a very cool LP, as you can hear for yourself by streaming it below. Vinyl copies are available in Fysisk format.
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