However the same thing that makes the album great, also makes it not so great. There really is a lack of variety here. After a while it feels like you’re listening to incredibly similar songs with little differences to make it a more manageable listen. That isn’t totally a bad thing however. Near Death Revelations is one of the rare albums that feels extremely long but in a good way. Makes you feel willfully overwhelmed in darkness. And those little differences do in fact make a difference, if not as much as they should.
Near Death Revelations feels long and dark, if a bit tedious to get through at times. I wouldn’t call it a journey as much as an experience worth having. If I were to summarize it in a few words, they’d be tonal DSO (albeit with no serialist music bits). Definitely one of the best black metal albums this year. Just wish there was a bit more to it than it’s face value.