Depressive black metal has always been somewhat of a little discussed sub genre within extreme metal, though it may be one of the most powerful and relentless. Take the Illinois-based Sadness; created and comprised of multi-instrumentalist Elisa (real name Damián Antón Ojeda), the project has flourished dramatically since its 2014 debut release, Close . Since then, the outfit has heralded an incredible total of 13 full-length releases
Rain picks itself up in “Absolution”. Elisa has diverted somewhat from the dominant outbursts of metal which were presented through earlier Sadness releases, and has opted for a more introspective, exploratory and melancholic sound in Rain. Each track is cathartic and has a post-black metal and shoe-gaze vibe somewhere along the lines, in places reminiscent of late Lantlôs. It works. The music is more journey-like than that of previous releases, which opted for a more brutal outlash of emotion, and Elisa is excellent at doing this. There’s an almost fantastical feeling resonating throughout the middle section of the record, especially in “River”’s intro before exploding into blast beats, Elisa’s screams, and frantic riffs. Just as quickly as this change occurs, Elisa shifts to a softer style once more, acting as a dip in the emotional roller-coaster that Rain is shaping up to be.
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