This is one of those albums I feel I should like a lot more than I actually do. While at times the doom metal aspects are a bit tacked on, generally Amestigon does a great job at combining the two influences together, creating a heavier sounding atmospheric black metal sound. This is the result of a doom metal guitar tone, with atmo black vocals and maybe some riffs, though generally these are not nearly as pronounced, which I think is a problem. However although on paper that sound great, the problem occurs when black metal aspect is the focus. When the doom metal is the focus, I feel like I’m listening to just more sinister doom metal, especially the few times where there’s actual riffs on this album. However when the atmo black is the focus, to put it bluntly, I just feel nothing. I think it’s because of the fact that the chord progressions are quite noticeable here, taking away a bit from the atmospheric part of the equation. But the main issue is that those chord progressions are completely uninteresting and bland, so again, the fact that they’re up and front sets the tone for a boring album, even when what’s going on feels like it shouldn’t be. The absurd lengths of the tracks, none of which is justified by the contents of the music, doesn’t help matters, because the only thing worse than a boring track is if that boring track is 13 minutes long. There’s a lot of potential here, but I feel like a shift more towards the doom side of things would help out a lot. Right know I feel like this album is a valiant attempt that comes up feeling uninspired and drawn out.