Bandcamp did it again recommending another great black metal release. Midnight Callings is a mysterious one-man black metal project that has no information on lineup or anything outside of being from Germany. The Cosmological Wanderer is a follow up to 2016’s Pilgrims of the Black Hole full length and I must say, this is some truly otherworldly black metal right here. Clocking in at almost exactly twenty minutes as a single track, this is a true journey beyond the stars. At first, this lengthy track starts off quite chaotic and raw, reminiscent of bands like Limbonic Art, Obtained Enslavement and Marduk mixed together from the classic black metal lo-fi sound to the raspy, straight from the pits of hell screams.
The guitar work here is very captivating and well written, along with the drums which keep the pace while making transitions that change with the solar winds. Another thing that to me is plus and maybe some is a deal breaker is that old, first wave of black metal mixing and overall sound. The drums sound like they were recorded inside a cave and the vocals sound like they echo throughout this void. This EP is purely raw, beyond our realm kind of black metal. I highly suggest giving this a listen if you want to feel like you are having an astral projection moment and floating beyond the cosmos. This is how black metal should be done. I look forward to anything else Midnight Callings puts out next.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Neil Andersen