Vesperian Sorrow - _Beyond the Cursed Eclipse_
by: Aaron McKay (
Somewhat lead down the garden path by Vesperian Sorrow's track on _Smells Like Team Spirit III_ [CoC #40], _Beyond the Cursed Eclipse_ is still completely worthy of notable aggrandizement. Irreproachable black metal supervenes from VS's unblemished sound. Emanating from Absu's mastery of the dark art, Vesperian Sorrow materialized on the scene in 1998 with supremely orchestrated, bloodlusting atmosphere. Working through the secret, unobserved power witnessed unto VP alone, _BtCE_ penetrates deep within the listener's psyche to fan the black metal hunger inside, I believe, every one of us. This five-piece unit unleashes tight devilish intricacies from Texas that harbor a passion to succeed like -very- few bands before them. For each moment of _BtCE_'s fifty seven minutes, I found myself tied inexorably to the music brought forth on this magnificent release. Tracks like "Twilight of Azrael" and "Calgdon" shout the praises of Vesperian Sorrow from every level of subterranean Hell! My personal treasured pick manifests itself in the form of "Saga of the Second Sign", track eight. Pure ferocity! With open arms, Vesperian Sorrow pulls you tight to its ever blackened heart of depravity. Let yourself be taken in!
(article published 12/9/1999)
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