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Jarak This is a great demo, though I can't think how to describe it. It's a shame there never seemed to be anything more released.
Travis Niemeyer
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Travis Niemeyer It's like balcony-seats in hell, away from the torment...but witnessing it all, feeling the empathy, but from a comfortable seat...wondering whether you should laugh and give in to the dark, or if you should turn away...hoping God still comes for you in admiration of your repulsed disorientation. But you know...you really feel a bit mesmerized.
Nic Brown
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Nic Brown Another strange and eerie transmission from the fertile hinterland where black metal meets ... well, I'm not really sure what it meets in Essene's case but I like this a lot. Favorite track: Untitled.
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Vincent One of the most stunningly original demos I've heard in a long time Favorite track: Untitled.
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"Dostoevskian black metal with a heavy dust bowl vibe. Weird in all the right ways." - Sol y Nieve

"The music of Essene is hazy and haunting...[Essene] seems to draw more from the darker sides of shoegaze and alt rock in order to create a study in texture and nuance...The demo is characterized by a wonderfully non-traditional approach to black metal guitar playing, eschewing the standard tremolo riffs in favor of arpeggios and chord progressions that wouldn’t be out of place on some long lost post-punk album." - Isolation Grind

"“I” twists and churns, with guitars ringing out and racing, the drums being pelted, and even a surfy vibe to the whole thing before it tears into blackness and fierce vocal rants. It’s moody and strange and spills into “II” that has a similar guitar style and is fairly unhinged. The growls are harsh, as the pace erupts and goes into overdrive, with liquid melodies, passionate wails, and an atmospheric twist that eventually chimes out. “III” trickles from the start and sounds cosmic, with a weepy haze taking hold and a move deeper into tranquility. Then, the closer “IV” tears open like a summer storm, punishing with gazey guitars, strange and echo-rich guitar work, and a cascade of sound that builds and builds, finally dissipating into a strange fog. Essene is a band that has its own vision when it comes to black metal, and further developments from this project are highly anticipated." - Meat, Mead, and Metal


released March 27, 2015


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