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 ï¾“concept recording broken into four movements, but intended for consideration as a single opus.ï¾” The lyrical nucleus of the album is, in IVï¾’s words, ï¾“an exploration of complete and utter spiritual demise.ï¾” 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 ï¾– the torturous and irremediable collapse of the vaulted chambers of the soul. Mastered specifically for vinyl by BR (Grave Upheaval/Temple Nightside), 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 ï¾“Remnant Spheres of Spiritual Equilibriumï¾” 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