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Review: Suldusk – Anthesis | Sputnikmusic

staticwire | April 1, 2024

Suldusk’s latest release, “Anthesis,” is a stunning example of the evolution and growth of this Australian summer blizzard folk project. Led by the ethereal vocals of Emily Highfield, Suldusk has crafted an album that not only showcases their talent and musical prowess but also captivates listeners with a unique blend of acoustic folk and black metal influences.

From the opening track, “Astraeus,” it is clear that Suldusk has refined their sound and pushed their boundaries to create a cohesive and immersive listening experience. The acoustic tracks, such as “Sphaera” and “Crowns of Esper,” highlight Highfield’s haunting vocals and the intricate guitar work of Shane Mullholland and Josh Taylor. The addition of violinist Hayley Anderson adds depth and richness to the music, creating a truly enchanting atmosphere.

But it’s not just the acoustic tracks that shine on “Anthesis.” The moments of black metal fury, like in “Verdalet,” showcase a raw intensity that is both exhilarating and awe-inspiring. Frankie Demuru’s relentless blast beats and Daniel Green’s thunderous riffs create a perfect backdrop for Highfield’s powerful vocals, making for a truly dynamic listening experience.

One of the standout moments on the album is the title track, “Anthesis,” which features a breathtaking performance by cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne. The seamless transitions between the harsh black metal sections and the delicate acoustic passages demonstrate the band’s attention to detail and their ability to craft songs that are both technically impressive and emotionally resonant.

Overall, “Anthesis” is a masterful album that showcases Suldusk’s growth and maturity as a band. With each track, they draw listeners into a dark and mesmerizing world that is both beautiful and haunting. From the enchanting folk melodies to the blistering black metal passages, Suldusk has created a sonic experience that is truly captivating.

On a scale of 0 to 10, I would give “Anthesis” a solid 8.5. This album is a standout release in the atmospheric folk and melodic black metal genres, and is sure to be one of the best of the year. Suldusk has firmly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, and I can’t wait to see where their musical journey takes them next.

Written by staticwire


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