With their eighth full length release, The Stone presents you with what seems to be a pretty straight forward approach to black metal. While that certainly is true, the true devilish magic of Teatar Apsurda is what lies beneath the surface. Beyond the sinister sounds of blasting black metal, you are also provided with a hypnotic, enchanting and overall haunting atmosphere and overall sound that is hair raising and skin crawling. Each of the seven tracks that are presented on this record are ominous, damning and highly atmospheric.
As mentioned, at first glance, Teatar Apsurda certainly doesn’t seem to be a record that amounts to all that much but in fact it does. Teatar Apsurda is quite a lengthy record as it contains seven (lengthy) tracks of nothing but soul darkening tracks that shroud you in a poisonous and dank fog. As mentioned above, this record certainly does have a certain hypnotic quality about it but that effect doesn’t seem to completely take a hold of you until you get a little deeper into the album.
The atmosphere that swirls through this release is ritualistic, cold, grim, twisted and all together trance like. As noted, it takes The Stone some time for them to completely pull you in to their dark and dismal atmosphere, but once they do you sit in a catatonic state listening never wanting to leave your dread filled state of mind. The longer that you listen, you end up getting pulled in deeper and deeper into the ever growing, never ending darkness that The Stone provides for you.
Other than the bitter atmosphere, you are presented with sharpened riffs and pounding drumming that is paired with diverse vocals that transition between wicked screams and often used chanting vocals. With everything combined from the haunting, soul possessing atmosphere, to the swirling wall of black metallic noise, you are presented with a dark and foreboding record that ultimately is a great listen.
Overall, Teatar Apsurda is a solid release to say the least. This is a lengthy, cohesive and well crafted record that provides you with more than your fair share of death and despair.
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