Aug 17, 2012

Silent Path 'Mourner Portraits' review


SILENT PATH
'Mourner Portraits'
(Hypnotic Dirge Records)

Count De Efrit, or else Saman Nu, is the creator of the enchanting project ‘Mourner Portraits’. The man behind Ekove Efrits, offers us the most fascinating project of the Iranian dark metal scene: the one-man band Silent Path. Unlike the works of Ekove Efrits, Silent Path has more blackened funeral doom elements, ending up to a much more depressive and melancholic sound, appropriate for the imagination’s lone wandering. Reminding of Morgh, Nortt and especially Atriarch and Nadja, in terms of haunted and suffocating atmosphere, Count De Efrit creates a fully pessimistic album. The almost whispering vocals are mixed up with dull growls full of sickness despair, while the riffs and the keyboards, along with the sound of rain result in an even more sorrowful and hopeless scene. All the songs are slow but at the same time extremely painful and emotionally strong. The ambient influences are widespread in the whole album, making this project more mesmerizing and remarkable, leaving you speechless and unable to think, while listening to it. This epic album leaves you with a feeling of being lost in a foggy forest, from where you do not want to return. Needless to say that the next album of Silent Path is being expected with agony and great interest. [9]
(Dark Alice's nightingale)



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