Lightlorn
At One With The Night Sky

I kinda dug, These Nameless Worlds, the debut EP from this atmospheric/melodic black metal duo from Sweden. Despite the light-less moniker, it was a cosmic-themed, uplifting, bright take on the genre with some very pleasant melodies in the vein of Ghostbath, Vinland, Numeron, and Vallendusk.

Well here is the full-length debut on the very fitting label, Black Lion Records, and while it delivers the same sort of spacey atmosphere and melodies, it never quite improves on the debut or fulfills the promise of the songs on the debut EP.

That’s not to say, At One With The Night Sky isn’t a good record, as it’s pretty solid, and certainly fans of the EP or the bands mentioned above will enjoy the 7 songs contained here, there is just something missing. Where the EP had a few lovely standout moments whether be it riffs or delightful little bridges, (i.e. “Beyond the Cold Black Yonder” or “Dilation Sleep”), nothing on this really release grabs my attention quite as much.

Now, it’s still chock full of nice, 6/8 jangly, melodic tremolo riffs (“Tragedy in Starlight”, “Dimensionless Blackness”), mid-paced jaunts, and starry atmospherics, but the riffs seem a little more repetitive and the wondrous little piano sections and the atmospheric bridges (“Of Longing Spirit and Infinite Solitude”, “Ghostly Soliliquies”) seem just a little less wondrous.

The album does end with a fine track in “Earthbound” which ends the decent album with a very positive spin and shows these guys ere certainly players in the genre if they can be a little more consistent.

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Written by Erik T
November 21st, 2023

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