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Wither "Necropolis"

by Aurora Australis Records

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Sonar Sphere 07:28
Chromatic 05:17
Lament 06:40
Cosmos 01:03
Seeming 04:53
Lost 02:31


It is immeasurably inspiring to find an album with such a unique and refined vision as Wither have done with their debut Necropolis. Majestic and ghostly, the album is a phantasmagoria projecting hazy figurations unparalleled in their dismal and hopeless nature.

Wither´s unique atmosphere began to take shape on their debut split with the appropriately paired German funeral doom titans Worship, followed by the development of a stronger black metal influence on their self-titled EP; the band presented a foundation based on the work of fellow countryman Abyssic Hate as well as funeral doom staples Thergothon and Skepticism.

However, Necropolis presents a compelling development in sound with the integration of influences from 80´s post-punk/goths such as The Sisters of Mercy, as well as an undeniable nod to the unshakably compelling minimalism of Brave Murder Day´s instrumentation.

In these dark days there are very few albums push up through the morass of lazy and uninspired metal being released, but Wither´s debut is undoubtedly one of the few. Not to mention that the utterly sorrowful atmosphere is elevated to new heights by Kogaion Art´s bleak cover design.

Ultimately, this may be the most vehemently dispirited and emotionally crushing album to see the pale moonlight since the likes of Alloy and Suicidal Emotions.

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released October 1, 2012


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Aurora Australis Records Melbourne, Australia

Aurora Australis Records is an Australian based music label dealing in Black, Death & Folk Metal, Dark Ambient and other industrial music.

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