Twilight Fauna are a 1 man band from Johnson City, Tennessee that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 cassette "The Silence Of A Blackening Abyss" which was released by Sylvan Screams Analog.
"The Fall" starts off with nature sounds along with some screams, growls and cries and serves as an intro for the album.
"Centralia" starts off with a piano and clean singing as well as some acoustic guitars which leads to some drum beats and after awhile it heads into a more fast and primitive black metal direction with guitars and blast beats which also set up the pace fro depressive black metal screams and distorted melodies before heading into a slower direction with some deep demonic growls and tribal beats before going back to its soft roots for a few seconds and the music gets primitive again as well as switching back and between slow, fast, heavy and soft.
"Old Ones Arise" starts off with a distorted bass line which leads to drums and grim depressive screams, after awhile melodic vocals make their presence known while keeping the screams and after a few minutes primitive guitar riffs creep in for a couple of minutes before returning to the bass playing and the song closes with psychedelic effects.
"The Imperishable" starts off with slow guitar riffs and drum beats which lead to some depressive cries which evolve into growls before going into a more fast and primitive direction as well as slowing down at times along with an atmospheric background which in return opens its doors to some powerful bass playing and after a few minutes it heads into a cleaner direction while remaining primitive and mixing in melody.
"Magnificent Isolation" starts off with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes both finger picking and full chords as well as bringing in depressive voices, before the drums and distorted guitar melodies kick in while keeping around acoustics, shortly after that some heavy guitar playing makes its presence known and the vocals get even more grim along with a powerful bass which leads to the song heading into a more mid paced direction before slowing down again at times even when there are blast beats present
"Eulogy For Earth" starts off with nature sounds which leads to some acoustic guitars that utilize finger picking and full chords and there are no other instruments or vocals present with the song being all instrumental.
"Dead Mountains" starts off with some slow and heavy guitar riffing which also utilizes some melody along with the drums kicking in shortly after that taking the song into a semi primitive production and bringing in growls and screams before returning to a slower direction and bring in melodic chanting while remaining primitive at the same time.
Song lyrics cover nature and ancient gods, while the production has a very raw and primitive sound while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Twilight Fauna are a very great sounding atmospheric, depressive black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Old Ones Arise" "Magnificent Isolation" and "Dead Mountains". RECOMMENDED BUY.