Twilight - Twilight (Southern Lord Recordings) - Back
Coming forth are some of the most elite cult members in the US black metal underground under the title of Twilight. Let me first introduce Wrest (Leviathan/Lurker of Chalice), Malefic (Xasthur), Hildolf (Draguar), Imperial (Krieg) and Azentrius (Nachtmystium). Kind of a super-group of sorts. Twilight plays misanthropic and raw black metal in the truest form of the phrase. There are 9 tracks and almost 45 minutes of experimental pandemonium. Stuff like this is often very tough to review because the music is good for the most part, but the production sucks goat nads. This, of course, was pointed out by Varg of Burzum by explaining it is the true form of music without any dubbed perfection (via... the garage-like recordings of bands like these). Well, this style certainly has its imperfections. It is an art, it is an inspiration, but it isn't exactly a music style come easy. I'm not thrilled with much on this release for the fact the production sucks ass, BUT I DO admire the sense of originality in some of the odd approaches Twilight takes with their various compromised backgrounds. Such as the dual low and high screams for vox, constant speed picking with crazy guitar effects, over-the-top drumming (unlike most black metal bands) and well-placed keys. I really don't hear anything catchy, overly melodic, or even vaguely aggressive in most respects. You do, however, have a unique blend of raw black metal (ala Xasthur) & eerie atmosphere (ala Vinterriket). For me the production makes this a lesser album, but I still give it a thumbs up...

Rating: 67

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell