AQUILUS — Griseus (review)

AQUILUS — Griseus album cover Album · 2011 · Symphonic Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Warthur
This enigmatic release from this Australian one-man black metal band blends symphonic black metal majesty with more purely classical moments, as well as a thick vein of dark folk music reminiscent of Ulver's Kveldssanger. Although some of the symphonic moments are a bit overpowering and threaten to drown out other aspects of the music, on the whole this is an intriguing mixture of influences that results in an atmosphere of truly epic majesty. Whereas some one-member projects in black metal go for a stripped-down, lo-fi aesthetic, this is quite the reverse, with a lush production which is a credit to the group's sole member, Waldorf.

(OK, I know pseudonyms are kind of a thing in black metal, but here I think they made a bad call... it kind of begs for a collaborator to come onboard calling themselves Statler, with laughs at the expense of lesser black metal bands between the songs...)
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