Released: 2008, Sepulchral Productions
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
DEPRAVED, REPRESSED FEELINGS is the full-length debut from one-man Quebec black metal act, Ether. As far as these types of albums go, you pretty much know what to expect going in: lo-fi recording, mushy instruments and hideous vocals. DEPRAVED, REPRESSED FEELINGS does nothing to change the stereotype.
Over eleven tracks (six songs and 5 ambient interludes), mainman Scythrawl (also in Nefastus Dies) howls and screeches like he is being tortured and the feeling generated by the music is no different. This is pretty dark, unpleasant stuff and listening is a chore. The atmospherics certainly convey the necessary pain and suffering but, like a Xasthur record gone wrong, DEPRAVED, REPRESSED FEELINGS is noisy to the point of being annoying. Rather than build upon emotive soundscapes like, say Wolves In The Throne Room or the aforementioned Xasthur, Ether makes the listener want to hit “stop.” There are some subtle melodies here and there behind the blastbeats and busyness (“Love”) but the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, rage and intense depression might be a little hard for most people to stomach. DEPRAVED, REPRESSED FEELINGS is recommended for only the most minimalistic of the black metal hordes.
KILLER KUTS: “Disgust,” “Love,” “Hope”