Album Review:~ Palus Somni - Monarch of Dark Matter

The obsession with anything outre is not exactly a novelty in the metal scene, but occasionally it will assume a much more complex and nuanced dimension owing to musicians who insist on addressing such topics with utmost maturity and profundity. Numerous bands have created albums based on their own ideas that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of an album to the relevant interpretation of the belief With the emergence and escalation of the novel and notorious tendency. Palus Somni is a cut above the rest. Spawning from the depths of cosmic mysticism, chaos, Knowledge is the newest record from international black metal trio Palus Somni - Monarch of Dark Matter. Palus Somni the name translating from old Latin as “Marsh Of Sleep” (the name for an area of the moon). Palus Somni this mystic black metal group married the cosmic annihilation with a creeping dose of mystical, ominous, sinister madness. The atmosphere and tightly plotted albums were based on celestial mystical madness while still employing their own take on black metal.

This year Palus Somni unveiled their debut full-length opus entitled “Monarch of Dark Matter” via BlackSeed Productions record label with approx 42 min running time along with spine chilling, skin-ripping artistry within the breathtaking berserker storms. This new album consists of 9 tracks. When at first checked out their manifestation I was overwhelmed and the track sounds so authentic, ferocious, mature from then I was clinched that I have to check this whole material for sure and this would be a savage beast. Palus Somni delivers distinctly experimental, atmospherically evil, a vivid, horrifying form of black metal. This band's each and every musician did a fantastic job on this album in a radiant way and It’s really great when your high hopes are not misplaced. This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album. It is really not easy to describe their musical style. A natural synthesis of dissonant, industrialized raw, chaotic, dense sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity despite the often crushing, fast, furious, cacophonous black metal assaults with lots of segments of slower tempo too where Palus Somni combines an atmospheric, mysterious, introspective passages with cavernous drum thrashes, disorienting guitars and those effective rasps.

well, their latest incantations self-titled opening track starts with massive, fast-paced, swarm dissonant, virulent riffs with clattering, powerful drum thrashes. The layered tapestry of a whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression, deliberate cadence and progression seasonings supporting the likewise icy vocals drown a bit in the almost unhuman-like drumming, although this evolves to a more dynamic sound on the rest of the album. Their whole composition and musical style are impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with sour, dissonant riffs work. This new album's whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling pieces of sinister, grim euphoria and unearthly ambiance. “Monarch of Dark Matter”  commences chronologically invigorating and destructive. Their distinct entity infused me a lot. Their musical style has a quite soft and smooth edge in the synth playing which adds to the more atmospheric, unique kind of black metal but at the same time, the vocals and other parts of the riffing are straightforward brutal, ferocious simultaneously. Honestly, after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss, multi-dimensional, ominous musical style. Each musician has exuded tremendous, cohesive effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it. Palus Somni really does the trick for the atmosphere in the overall murky, mysterious, Juxtapositions of darkness and light, a misty sound that comes from the music. I highly cite and embrace this album.

This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic, pummeling, ominous, hellish, powerful riffs work. As well bass lineup is whopping, intense, strong, rumbling, slithering. Drumming, the percussion lineup is bleak, frantic, solid, clattering, and powerful. The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms. In each track morbidly delicious, macabre, soaring, dark eerie, ghastly riffs, bass lineups matched in a good manner. This whole album's sound delivers a grim feeling, sinister, gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy. “Monarch of Dark Matter” endures the beauty of black metal. This album indulges strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship. Vocals decently large voice that does well for Palus Somni. Vocals howling scream, immense, icy, spine chilling voice emerged on this album in a good manner adds a thick murky sound and intertwined perfectly with their utterly spellbinding, obtuse, bizarrely arrogant, mysterious, fully blistering black metal, a distant musical style with lots of atmospheric accompaniment and embedded perfectly. Their sound, the musicianship is absolute prime, with every song unleashing a seething torrent of scalding dissonance and insidious melody, scorching distortion all of which combine to produce an overarching atmosphere of creeping, crippling dread. Overall you will get sinister, gloomy, desolate, mysterious ambient from this whole album.

Each song has energy, fluency and draws a savage landscape. Stand-out tracks are all of them. Every song is delivered with the righteous fury and unwavering conviction of the true believer. The vision of the album cover is Pretty neat, solid, atrocious, grisly, gorgeously hideous and done by Belial NecroArts. Overall “Monarch of Dark Matter” whole album is spectacular, engrossing, significant, and goes all the way through with a relentless rage from the beginning. The sound has a depth to it, that with brief distortion. This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end. Indeed this album is such a true gem of this year. The production is absolutely impeccable, capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft. Outstanding another release of this year so far .“Monarch of Dark Matter” is a shattering culmination in black metal evolution. The American bruisers still possess all the necessary skills and hard-won experience to put younger, newcomer challengers in their place. With "Monarch of Dark Matter", Palus Somni writes a new chapter in their book of successive masterpieces. The composition, creativity, and expressiveness of Palus Somni's "Monarch of Dark Matter" blew me away and an album to savour. Everything about it is dark and terrifying, just like a shadowy presence that dwells secretly in our subconscious, always lurking, feeding on our most primal fears. It's a record that listeners will remain entranced with and take you on a sophisticated and weighty black metal journey into another universe.

My Rating:

Reviewer: Souvik Basu. Published on 13/05/2021

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