Chagrin are a solo project from Australia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very atmospheric form of post black metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "Close Your Eyes" which will be re-issued in March by Nailed Nazarene Industries.
Water and telephone sounds start off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds later before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams and the guitar leads also add in a great amount of melody and post metal elements.
Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly while the music also gets vert atmospheric sounding at times. Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with a couple of songs also introducing female vocals onto the recording and as the album progresses a brief use of stringed instruments can also be heard, all of the music also sticks to either a slow or mid tempo direction and whispered vocals can also be heard on the closing track.
On this recording Chagrin remains true to the atmospheric style of post black metal that was established on previous releases. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark, depressive and suicidal themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Chagrin and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sorrows of A Tired heart" "Some Of Us Can't Be Forgiven" and "When Love is Done". 8 out of 10.