Portland, Oregon's None have returned with a new recording which continues the atmospheric and depressive style of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Damp Chill Of Life" which will be released in April by Hypnotic Dirge Records.
Ambient style synths which are also used on later tracks start off the album and after the intro the music goes into more of a heavier direction. A great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
Clean vocals can also be heard briefly before evolving into high pitched depressive black metal screams. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in more of a melodic style while the tremolo picking riffs when they are brought into the music also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Whispered vocals can also be heard briefly while one track also brings in a brief use of depressive and angry spoken word parts as well as the music also getting very atmospheric sounding at times. Acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly on a couple of songs while one track is an instrumental and all of the music sticks to a slower direction. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover misery and grief themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from None and if you are a fan of atmospheric and depressive black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Damp Chill Of Life" and "A Chance I'd Never have". 8 out of 10.