THE CREVICES BELOW
'Below The Crevices'
Please, take a seat, pack a lunch, get comfortable, and don’t plan on going anywhere, because when you pick up Below the Crevice’s 'The Crevices Below', you’re gonna want to stay with it for a long time, like a great novel.
What we have here is an all-out masterpiece of avantgarde black metal, and even that compliment hardly does it justice. The opening track (also the title track) begins on a soft note, weaving ghostly keyboard melodies with haunting undertones. Even when the song kicks into black metal mode, the atmosphere is incredibly bleak and cold. Vocals echo tremendously, and along with the guitars and keyboards creating melancholy moods and melodies, this song is really more like being in a dream than listening to a song. A dream that’s cloudy and hazy, where everything cold and dark and so far away, yet so close. It’s surreal, and hauntingly magical.
The whole album continues with this mood, creating bleak, ghostly dreamscapes and creating mountains of atmosphere. Every song on this album is geared towards creating atmosphere, making you really feel like you’re there, in this twisted dream. “The Tombs of Subterranea” echoes eerily in its dark passages, bringing to life many emotional melodies and ghostly vocals.
Longer tracks, like “A Grand Cavernous Awakening” and “Carrying the Cries of the Lost,” expound on these qualities even more, making good use of depressive melodies, dark harmonies, dismal keyboards, and conjures images of abysmal torment and cold loneliness.
This is an album that really inspires you. When a band’s music can transport you to a new world, you know it’s amazing. It’s inspiring, like a touching novel, or a beautiful work of visual art. I love this album. You should love it too. [9.5]