Review: Dusk “The Hermit”

Review: Dusk “The Hermit”

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The industrial metal formation Dusk, hailing from Costa-Rica has started this year with a new dark and noisy journey, presenting their second full-length album “The Hermit”, without signing the contracts with any musical labels.

These Central American musicians continue the concept of their previous records, emphasizing the noisy industrial black metal side with dark ambient moodiness and drum and bass nervousness. “The Hermit” is a conceptual album, based on the desperate solitude due to the plague and in order to stay sane. Five songs are divided into ten more with introductions (“Desolation”) to every track (“Hermit”), while intros are based more on dark ambient music, whereas the series of “Hermit” offer the various stylistic journeys, praising noise, industrial, darkstep or atmospheric black metal. Yes, this release is creepy and heavy, the noisiness is on the verge, when the sound transforms into chaotic mess, giving way to industrious rigidity and cold and desperate cacophony.

The instrumental part of intros “Desolation” doesn’t offer some kind of reprieve from hopeless brutality; these short dark ambient tracks are full of miserable grimness. These are typical death industrial and ambient compositions, which create the mystical aura with dark images of utter obscurity. “Desolation II” has some depressive choir integrations, but “Desolation III” dives within psychedelic elements. All is covered with some kind of static sadness, and nothing can lighten up this depressive burden.

But the metal parts present a little more hope, as well as variability, though this record hasn’t come up with serious experimental solutions. The sound is harsh and messy; it is overloaded with too loud and noisy synths, leaving behind all other instruments or harsh and muted screams in all their desperation. And some craziest moments exist only on abnormal bustling blast beats. The most atmospheric blackish parts (“Hermit III”) are also the cleanest on this record, and actually, they aren’t so tiresomely depressive and dirty, although the general creepiness and destructive urbanistic mood eloquently remains audible. Most of the tracks are based rather on industrial metal foundation, like “Hermit IV” or “Hermit V”, and “Hermit V” even hints on some melodic electropop influence. So in all this messiness “The Hermit” lacks the integrity, it is oppressive and disharmonic, but no doubt, that this dissonance partly was created on purpose, because this is a dark and morbid musical voyage without any hope.

It’s not so easy to break through with some original stuff for Central American countries; the metal scene isn’t too kind to second-rate names, as well as dark electro movement doesn’t tolerate boring and bland bands without a future. But Dusk has managed to prove their unique sense of cyber dark reality in their music, designed to destroy everything.

Release date: January 1st, 2021

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