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Black metal, as the music of atmosphere, loves to push the boundaries of itself, bulging out like a balloon in all directions until only the long expansive reaches of a few bands can break through the barrier. This may seem to imply that most black metal is the same, nestled comfortably within the tenets of its subgenre -- this is clearly untrue given the absolute gamut of truly wonderful tunage that any modern black metal fan is exposed to. The real point is this: in a realm where maximum atmosphere is the norm, not the exception, how can a band add more to a pot already overflowing?

It's possible, and Maurice de Jong's (of Gnaw Their Tongues fame) Golden Ashes project has sought those outer edges with particular aplomb (and, for sure, de Jong has an extensive repertoire of cutting-edge music under other projects). The second full-length is on the horizon, and we're stoked to premiere the opening song from the upcoming In the Lugubrious Silence of Eternal Night below.

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"As Sacred Bones Wither into Nothingness" outlines the rest of In the Lugubrious Silence of Eternal Night perfectly: with its postmodern atmospherics, ascending and descending wavelengths, and totalizing wall of sound, this album seeks to soothe your mind and journey you to places far and wide. As introspective as black metal can easily be, Golden Ashes really tries to make the experience as seamless as possible -- "forcing" yourself to delve into this album's many folds will only ruin the experience. Instead, In the Lugubrious Silence of Eternal Night captures you without your awareness, leaving you disarmed and subject to de Jong's ability to transform your consciousness into something more palpable than mere reality allows.

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In the Lugubrious Silence of Eternal Night releases May 1st via Oaken Palace Records.

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