Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Am Himmel - As Eternal As The Starless Kingdom Of Sorrow


Now this is an interesting one. Am Himmel (Whose name means In The Sky in German) are a droney black metal band who benefit from gorgerous production and beautiful long form songs that draw listeners in and leave them in awe of all that is done within. There is a sense of eerie transcendence that drives their new record, As Eternal As The Starless Kingdom Of Sorrow and it will leave you in awe. This is a record meant to turn on for a Sunday afternoon and vibe out too, to get lost in and to realize that these guys are completely special and in their own unique soundworld. 

This record is deep in its love for the esoteric. Am Himmel shines because of tracks like "The Virgin Wages Celestial War In The Seraphim". It's a burner, a track that leans into the droney elements and avoid the blasts of traditional black metal but instead goes a doomier root. The synths provide a fitting backdrop for this music and let you get swept into the magic. Meanwhile the crushing volume that defines so much of this record allows listeners to get fully ensconced, enamored with the work and left in awe of all that has been conjured up here. There is a meaningful power behind this release that few of the bands peers can really emulate and it's a delight to immerse yourself in the darkness. 

As Eternal As The Starless Kingdom Of Sorrow is a thriller any way you slice it. It's a record that emphasizes its most transcendent elements and which continually draws listeners deeper into the soundworld. I'm on my third listen and totally in love with the breadth of the production, it's the kind of record that offers endless gorgeous nooks and crannies for you to taste and fall in love with. The darkness within is tantalizing, and even the droniest moments find ways to inspire and delight. Join me in falling in love.

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