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Ethic Of Radical Finitude - Downfall Of Gaia

The same thing, just better

Take nejhatten on, you can grumble about, that the Ethic of Radical Finitude is Atrophy again, just with better production. There may be some merit in. But something, there also is some merit in is that Downfall of Gaia know what they can, and they do it exceptionally compelling. You can't other than to surrender to the grey melancholy and enjoy it to the fullest. This is, without a doubt, the best album, Downfall of Gaia has released to date. Rarely has something so gray been so beautiful.

Gray German lommefilosofi

According to Greek mythology, means, Downfall of Gaia, something in the direction of the earth's destruction. However, there is no evidence to suggest that the band and their atmospheric sludgy post-black-metal-medley stop just preliminary, as they are now ready to throw their fifth disc on the street. But judging from the titles of their previous plates, that deals with the decay of the tooth, afmagring and choking in a bunch train, it is also not exactly high-sunshine with happy days, which is paramount. However, it becomes a little more philosophical this time with the title Ethic of Radical Finitude. Which hangs a little along with the album's theme: everyone is trying to find a safe place, a place they can call home, but maybe at some point must realize that you will never find it.


Much more than a storm in a glass of water

In style with the utterly excellent predecessor Atrophy has Ethic of Radical Finitude is also six songs, spread over 40 minutes. From a purely musical puts the plate is also very up the style of its predecessor, however, there is a clear difference on the production side. Where the Atrophy was gone Summoning a little in the flower beds with echo and the retracted sound, and where there might drowned a detail or two, so has the Ethic of Radical Finitude is a far clearer production, which allows to Downfall of Gaia's massive soundstage get that extra push, you could have missed on the Atrophy, and really comes into its own in all its grandiose melancholy.

The album opens with the instrumental "Seduced By..." – a quiet instrumental number, only with the guitar and the underlying synth. What follows after, is a 37-minute atmospheric post black, sludge, or whatever you want to call it, in the absolute top class. There is the beautiful monumental atmospheric passages, where the guitar, bass and drums rumble and thundering like the sea during a storm. In a split second they will pull away and leave the space for a single guitar or a quiet synth, which still manages to maintain the mood, for then again to wash the listener away with yet another deluge of massive melancholy. And such rise and fall of the album's songs as the tide. Especially the two tracks "We Pursue the Serpent of Time" and "Guided Through A Starless Night", each lasting barely ten minutes, and the record's absolute highlights.

These two numbers are a true tour de force, in everything Downfall of Gaia can. They deliver it to perfection. And to spice it even with some spoken word passages, which is completely in line with the album's theme due to their so convincingly fragile and sad delivery. It doesn't matter how many times you hear the album through, every time you come to the passages, one is amazed and impressed by them – a rather atypical highlight, but definitely something Downfall of Gaia takes on.


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