A tad bit of deep digging into the realms of extreme genres like cavernous black metal can unearth some of the most genre-defining sounds hybridized into eclectic blackgaze accredited to bands far-off from the mainstream tier. One of them would be “Earthcult”, the latest release from a Russian band “Trna”. It feels really primitive to get lost in these hazy clouds of blackened shoegaze brimming with the transmundane energy of post-metal and yes, I am a happy camper. These phantoms for tunes glide smoothly through the ambient exhalations of guitar chords facing little to none impedance which is pretty much the crux of “Earthcult”. The record endorses a think-piece for something more rustic and diverse than let’s say, what your basic atmospheric black metal record would.
The album opener “Earthcult” has a rapid-fire driven angst which accentuates the downplayed heaviness to morph into the nemesis it eulogizes. The finishing torrents of this anthem breed a creative ground for the next three 10+ minute long instrumentals voided of any kind of lyrical content which if anything, enthuses a stark meditative bliss. “Everywhere and Nowhere” also thrives in the good ol’ black metal stratosphere sanctifying the instrumental outfit of blackgaze just as earnestly. The ebb and flow of the storm-laden melody is what gives a certain anthemic quality to the song. “The Heart of Time” and “Thaw” are structured along the same lines. As the omnipresent melody of one song melts effortlessly into another, the overall listening experience is bound to overwhelm your inherent perception as it ends up playing around with the darkest corners of your psyche but still keeping the ominous tragedies at bay.
Album Rating: 4/5.