The global scene of metal itself it quite literally littered with atmospheric black metal bands of all kinds with most of them congregating on Bandcamp. While a lot of them can be discarded almost immediately because they’re simply cookie cutter bands, there’s the occasional piece of glory that pops into the spotlight. Most recently, it’s Earth and Pillars who has demonstrated their talent once more for all to witness.
It takes a lot if you truly want to go balls deep with creating an atmospheric black metal album, you’re gonna have to really try and use musical stratagems and techniques that really capture the imagination, as is the case with every kind of record of a higher magnitude. Earth and Pillars truly went above and beyond for their second full-length effort. Much like their first record, “Earth I”, “Pillars I” is a drawn out, yet very immersive, piece that if you allowed such, it would take you one a trip across space and time itself the likes of which hardly any bands can replicate. This record is a very dissonant, spine-chilling piece that in every single way is nothing to scoff at in terms of both musicianship and sheer badassery. There are but four tracks to the name of “Pillars I”, but we get over an hour of mesmerizing atmosphere that is so uncompromising yet so excellent in every way that even after several spins it does not cease to impress. And if I am to be honest, I didn’t see how Earth and Pillars could’ve topped their debut, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised, and I know for a fact throngs of other people agree with me on that.
If you’ve been searching the ever growing selection of atmospheric black metal, but don’t know what pit stops to make at for the rest of the year, you’re going to want to be damn sure one of those is “Pillars I”. A fucking amazing record in every sense, Earth and Pillars once again prove that they’re not to be trifled with in the slightest.
LISTEN to “Pillars I” on Bandcamp here.
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