No Point In Living are a solo project from Japan that plays a very progressive and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of his 2017 album "The Cold Night" which was re-issued on physical format in 2018 by Heathen Tribes.
A very nature orientated sounding intro starts off the album which also introduces ambient style keyboards onto the recording which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs at times. A great amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing while most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Vocals are mostly grim yet depressive black metal screams while blast beats can also be heard during the faster sections of the songs. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style and when the riffs use tremolo picking it gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them. At times the music gets very progressive sounding and as the album progresses acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly and a later track is also an instrumental. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover seasons, depression, agony and solitude themes.
In my opinion No Point In Living are a very great sounding progressive and depressive black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Impatience" and "The Path To The End". 8 out of 10.