Life are a solo project from Illinois that plays a very depressive and atmospheric form of post black metal and this is a review of his compilation album "Demo Two" which consists of both of his demos and will be released in November on cassette by Pacific Threnodies.
A very dark, lo-fi and heavy sound starts off the compilation before going into a very fast direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats to give the songs more of a raw feeling while the vocals are mostly high pitched depressive black metal screams and the music also mixes in elements of post metal.
A great portion of the songs are very long and epic in length while the tracks also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some clean vocals also being sued at times as well as the riffs also bringing in a great amount of melody, all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound,
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while acoustic guitars and clean playing can also be heard on some of the songs along with the music also having its atmospheric moments as well as some keyboards also being added into certain sections of the recording and as the compilation progresses there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and one of the tracks is all instrumental.
Life plays a musical style that takes the raw, depressive, atmospheric and post forms of black metal and mixes them together to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark and depressing themes.
In my opinion Life is a very great sounding atmospheric and depressive post black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Travelling Waters" "Pathwalk" and "Twelve Travel". 8 out of 10.