Rating:
9.2
Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering
18 April 2013


01. Fragments Of Light
02. To Wander And Beyond
03. Shades Of Grey
04. Into The Mist
05. Among The Giants
06. Realms Of The Elder
07. Land Of The Lurking Twilight


It's unusual to find atmospheric black metal bands coming from Indonesia, but Vallendusk, coming from Jakarta, succeeded in introducing themselves with a very good album. Black Clouds Gathering is their debut after releasing their first EP called Vallendusk in 2012.

The album has a great start with "Fragments Of Light" and a great ending with "Land Of The Lurking Twilight". One of the features of Black Clouds Gathering is the awesome folk influences, especially in songs like "Fragments Of Light" and "Realms Of The Elder". Great acoustic guitar works followed by great melodies. For those of you who appreciate melodies; the melodies in this album make it lively so that even the non-preferable tracks won't bore you at all. On the contrary, the melodies are the source of strength in this album. The vocals are decent and most of the lyrics talk about nature, and they are suitable for the album's atmosphere. The cover art is decent too; it's neither lame nor creative. It still gives you that awesome feeling where you would like to listen to this album in the winter.

So generally, Black Clouds Gathering is surprisingly awesome. If atmospheric black metal is one of your favorite genres, you won't regret listening to this album; just give it a try. Personally, I consider it one of the best releases of 2013 and definitely the best atmospheric black metal album of this year; hence I predict a bright future for Vallendusk.

Favorite tracks are "Fragments Of Light", "Into The Mist" and "Realms Of The Elder".

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 9


Band profile: Vallendusk
Album: Black Clouds Gathering


 


written by BloodJuNkie | 27.12.2013


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Skl3ros - 29.12.2013 at 19:23  
Wow...first song instantly blew me away
Thanks for this!
no one - 29.12.2013 at 19:53  
Been listening to this for a while now, good album but i think the first song "Fragments Of Light" kind of over shadows the rest of the album.
BloodJuNkie - 29.12.2013 at 21:52  
Written by Skl3ros on 29.12.2013 at 19:23

Wow...first song instantly blew me away
Thanks for this!


You're welcome. And yeah starting the album with that song was a good choice.
BloodJuNkie - 29.12.2013 at 21:58  
Written by no one on 29.12.2013 at 19:53

Been listening to this for a while now, good album but i think the first song "Fragments Of Light" kind of over shadows the rest of the album.


It depends on your taste though because IMHO it was a great start. It took me to the album's atmosphere.
no one - 29.12.2013 at 22:05  
Written by BloodJuNkie on 29.12.2013 at 21:58


It depends on your taste though because IMHO it was a great start. It took me to the album's atmosphere.


yeah it was an AMAZING start, but then the rest of the album doesn't keep you on that high....That's not saying the other songs aren't good
BloodJuNkie - 29.12.2013 at 22:12  
Written by no one on 29.12.2013 at 22:05

yeah it was an AMAZING start, but then the rest of the album doesn't keep you on that high....That's not saying the other songs aren't good


Yeah i know what you mean, and i think "Into The Mist" and "Realms Of The Elder" are at the same level of "Fragments of Light".

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