Released: 2014, Broken Limb Recordings
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
After releasing several split EPs with his contemporaries Korihor has recorded At Dusk's first full length album, "Anhedonia". It is an impressive slab of depressive Black metal.
The album opens with the title track, an enormous 16 minutes epic. It's delicate, protracted piano intro gives way to a textured yes minimalist assault, with Korihor screaming not his rage, but his sorrow. Next up is "Agonia", which displays more naked aggression than the previous track, but still displaying the same sense of unceasing grief. The mid-section of the song breaks down into swathes of feedback, piano and chilling effects. It is astonishingly creepy. "Miseria" followswith it's ghostly choral-effect intro which bleeds into a church organ led black sermon. It ups the brutality quotient and shows Korihor really bearing his fangs. The album closes out with "Melancholia" which is just as the title suggests. It also features a wondrous breakdown in the song's centre, featuring some baleful, yet mournful piano.
"Anhedonia" is a terrific statement of intent. It displays a tremendous balance between light and shade. Although all the songs are lengthy they are never boring. The keyboards, which bring to mind fellow American one man band Xasthur, add an enticing sense of atmosphere, and the guitar riffs ache with melancholy. A damn fine release.
Review by Owen Thompson