Many probably think of Myrkur when I say one woman projects and you would not be wrong to do so. With this great day and age of metal coming from anywhere and everywhere, I discovered this gem through Bandcamp’s recommended albums for me to check out and I am beyond pleased I did. Australia’s Suldusk is not your usual one person project that we are so used to in metal. Suldusk blends dark neo-folk, ambient acoustics and atmospheric and post-black metal so beautifully, I lost track of time listening to this album.
Lunar Falls was released earlier this year through Northern Silence Productions and is her debut full length. Emily Highfield is the woman behind Suldusk and she executed all these emotions, sounds and moods perfectly. She blends the ambiance of dark folk acoustics with splashes of atmpsheric post-black metal. Her voice is haunting calming as she sings over the clear, melodic acoustic guitars then changes to sounding like a tortured soul screaming over the excellent placements of blackened aggression. Tracks like Three Rivers and Sovran Shrines show this elegantly blended mix of haunting beauty and shrouded darkness behind her versatile voice and musical abilities. Some moments of the album are reminiscent of Wolves At The Throne Room’s atmospheric sound.
In all truth, this album is definitely a contender for one of my favorite releases of this year. There is so much beauty, darkness, melodic atmosphere and moments of blackened aggression that makes this album a masterpiece. For anyone who wants something refreshing and trance inducing, this album is for you. Each moment is like wandering through a forest path that leads to a splendorous stream full of natural luminosity. If you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, dark folk, acoustic folk and just a unique and different take on metal, then please take a moment, relax and take a trip into nature with this album.
Overall Score: 10/10
Review by Neil Andersen