Darkeater is one of the more obscure bands that I absolutely love within black metal. The band consists of only two members, Elijah D and Kolodum, and together they create a crafty blend of raw black metal and haunting atmospheres. The environment they create is impossibly cold and vast, their use of synth, simplistic riffs and distant vocals really gives this debut release an outstanding feeling. There are moments of melodies on the guitars that just push and pull with the synth, creating a beautiful flow with epic transitions throughout the listen of Иней чёрного рассвета, which happens to translate to “Rime Black Dawn”.
The opening track, “Скоро гроза…” (Soon A Thunderstorm…), is a soothing piece of instrumentation with thunder cracking in the distance. The next track “Дождь мой свидетель” (My Rain is My Witness) kicks in with loud guitars, pummeling drumming and a somehow unsettling yet calming keyboard sound that was quite off putting when I first heard it but now I love it. Featuring quality synth and melodies, this track should be enough to get you hooked but then the very next song, “Зов мёртвых звёзд” (Call of the Dead Stars), kicks in with this incredibly catchy synth piece before coming in with nihilistic writings. The guitar work is dark, the drums are relentless and the vocals are perfect. The synth performed on this song is simply brilliant.
The next song “Без воли к жизни” (Without the Will To Live), is honestly the bread and butter of this album. It’s the finest composition on the album by far and Darkeater brings everything they have out on this one. Calming yet depressing, this band manages to find it’s way in your soul and will make your skin crawl. Ten minutes and forty eight seconds of pure atmospheric black metal bliss. Darkeater then covers “Suicide” by Veil, which sounds just as haunting and depressing as one may have thought. The next song is also a cover…this time it’s the song “Rhubarb” by Aphex Twins and this one is purely keyboard and my goodness it is an out of body experience while listening to this one. An incredibly relaxing composition of keys/synth is all you get here and it’s divine.
Darkeater transitions back to original songs with the track “Чертоги опустошения” (Halls of Desolation), and this song heavily features layered guitars and melodic picking on the guitars in a melancholic kind of way. Darkeater closes the album off with another peaceful synth style of song called “Блики прошлого” (Glare of the Past) and it is layered with somber electronic vibrations as the rain falls in the foreground……in the background you can hear the guitar ever so faintly as it mourns it’s music along with the music. Thus finally…..Иней чёрного рассвета comes to a close.
I find it interesting that a black metal album can be so…..beautiful. It’s so god damn depressing yet hopeful at the same time. The music can often times feel repetitive and that is because it is, the riffs can repeat often but the way they use that writing structure feels so much like a trance and the music sucks you in. For the entirety of Иней чёрного рассвета….I belong to the music. Darkeater’s debut album is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard and it’s one of the more important albums I’ve ever discovered since I started reviewing music. This album is almost three years old and I still cannot get enough of it.
As I finish up this article on Иней чёрного рассвета, I just want to point out that Darkeater’s new album, Что помнит лес, was literally just released on their Bandcamp. I haven’t had mush time with it quite yet but expect something soon here on Svb. Thank you for reading. Now listen to Иней чёрного рассвета!