I recall hearing EbonyLake’s 2011 album In Swathes of Brooding Light but now I can’t really recall what it was like. Especially after hearing their previous debut album from twelve years earlier. This will give me good cause to revisit Brooding Light, but until then let’s talk about On the Eve of the Grimly Inventive.

Music like this always frustrates me because I don’t really know how to write about it, or at least describe it as it’s so bizarre and eclectic that my stunted vocabulary can’t do it justice. Also I get the impression there’s more going on here then I’m comprehending so I feel like I’m missing something. That doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the album but it makes me rely on the “you’ve just got to hear it” stance, which, you fucking do.

When you do hear it you’ll hear what I can only describe as an experimental, avant-garde, gothic, black metal opera. Yeah. What the fuck does that mean? Well, it’s chalk full of heavy, eclectic guitar riffs, all sorts of orchestra and symphony sounds, it’s moody and atmospheric, dark and dreamy, theatrical with bizarre time signatures and vocal performances, most of which are rooted in black metal. Like I said, it’s hard to do this album justice with words but suffice to say it’s worth your time and effort. You’ll likely not hear much, if anything, that sounds as unique or devastating at this.

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