ARTIST: Ill Omen
TITLE: Remnant Spheres Of Spiritual Equilibrium
STYLE: Black Metal
The 37-minute album maintains a cohesive focus both musically and thematically. It is, according to IV, a "concept recording broken into four movements, but intended for consideration as a single opus." The lyrical nucleus of the album is, in IV's words, "An exploration of complete and utter spiritual demise." The music on this recording is mostly slow to mid-paced, set within the uncomfortably harrowing territory between Black Metal and Funeral Doom. The atmosphere is lush, but bleak, exuding a palpable sense of spiritual anguish. Listening closely, one hears within the folds of the densely woven sonic fabric the frayed threads of consciousness coping with the decay of the spirit, along with the torturous and irremediable collapse of the vaulted chambers of the soul. The sound is spacious and resonant, conjuring the forlorn sensation attendant to profound solitude. The flawless integration of the production with the superb character of the songwriting renders "Remnant Spheres of Spiritual Equilibrium" one of the most mesmerizing and hypnotic Ill Omen recordings to date!
1 The Summon... (Ominous Chants Of Archaic Tongue) 9:45
2 Subterranean Litany (Of Shadows Endless) 8:16
3 Vociferous Weight Of The Silenced (The Great Lake Of Sorrow) 8:15
4 Elegy Beneath The Abhorrent Name; For It Is Holy... (Crucifixion, Wound Over Wound) 10:40