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Review: A Diadem of Dead Stars - Emerald Sunsets
A Diadem of Dead Stars
Emerald Sunsets

Label: III Damnation Productions
Year released: 2023
Duration: 27:21
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: March 11, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 1.75/5 (35%) (4 Votes)

Greece's A Diadem of Dead Stars calls their music, "misty lowlands black metal." I'm not quite sure exactly what that means, but if it conjures adjectives like "atmospheric," "epic," and "folk" in your mind, you're on the right track. Emerald Sunsets, the band's 2023 compilation of songs produced during 2020 and 2021, effectively paints an auditory image of lands far away and from times lost to history. "The Furrow of Woes" along with "And Swallows Flew Away from this Land" effectively combine tremolo guitars that are harsh and melodic at the same time with sparse clean chants that are low in the mix. "The Light that Burns" is a bit harsher (it was originally released as a demo) and features a tortured scream, once again very low in the mix, after some spoken word narration in a language I'm not familiar with. It is in line with the first two tracks but is obviously from a different recording session. Emerald Sunsets closes out with "...of Green Pastures..." which features mostly singing birds and acoustic guitar, ending the release on a very folky, relaxing note. I'm not intimately familiar with "Cascadian" black metal, but if the Internet is to be believed, the band's name is a take on the name of Wolves in the Throne Room's debut, Diadem of 12 Stars, so that might help refine what you can expect from Emerald Sunsets. I enjoy it, but admit it works better as background/ambient music as none of the songs are truly gripping. If you also like atmospheric and ambient black metal, you'll probably find this enjoyable as well, if not earth-shattering.

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