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Black Whispers – “Shades of Bleakness” – [Prison Tatt Records]

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Black Whispers is a Depressive Black Metal band from Costa Rica. Kjiel (the girl) seems to be from Italy. Multi-faceted frontman/multi-instrumentalist JF is only 20 years old (born in 1996).

The self-mutilating edge of these fine tracks is somewhat dulled by narcotic Slowdive synth patterns and a general pink haze. It’s definitely not orthodox in sound, although there is a definite connection to bands like Sortsind and Hypothermia, actually track 5 is a cover of the Hypothermia-affiliated Swedish band Life Neglected.

This is ‘night thoughts’ music that is not quite Heavy Metal but definitely possesses a thick and viscous shoegaze glaze.

Kjiel contributes some ghostly ‘clean’ vocals, not operatic, but warm lullabies of self-orchestrared demise. And then the screams of agony, which are good. Lying with Clair Cassis and Sleeping Peonies in a soft bed for a comfortable death.

Speaking of which, this 2015 CD is one of the last things sent to KFJC by Prison Tatt founder Wm. Berger, now deceased. It’s exactly the kind of outsider Black Metal he loved and tirelessly promoted. Rest in Power, Wm.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on September 21, 2017 at 10:14 pm
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