ATRA VETOSUS – Apricity
Many of the tracks unfold gradually and achieve a captivating grandeur, which is perhaps best illustrated by the brooding “Ever Falling Snow” and the overwhelmingly majestic “Fading Life, Winter Winds”. The acoustic “Violet” is another heartfelt treat. The record sounds cold and hard, yet there is something strangely appealing and warm about it too, which is an interesting contrast, me thinks. The vocals are a tad one-dimensional and could do with some more variation, but they get the job done.
“Apricity” is well worth checking out should you find yourself in the mood for some diverse, melodic, and hugely atmospheric metal. This is a very cool soundtrack to December and January – that is for damn sure.