It was just a month ago that I discovered Crow Black Sky through music submissions for the first time, and it took me only a minute to grasp the essence of this band. After discovering the album with the third track, ‘The Sapien Shadow,’ I found myself compelled to listen further, giving the album multiple spins. My appreciation for their work only grew during this test of time.
First and foremost, the album adopts a storytelling approach reminiscent of Pink Floyd. While the album consists of only four tracks, the craftsmanship behind it is quite breathtaking, and each track carries a profound meaning. From a musical standpoint, the album combines its black metal roots with a rich ambient concept, featuring multi-layered instrumentation, orchestration, and a touch of Devin Townsend‘s perspective. This offers the world a fresh outlook that not only incorporates traditional elements but also introduces innovation. The foundation of all four songs is highly complex and progressive, and the collective showcases an impressive display, especially in their instrumental craftsmanship. They made me reflect on how long it’s been since I heard such exceptional lead guitar work in black metal.
From a technical standpoint, the band also deserves appreciation for not opting for an old-school approach. “Sidereal Light, Vol. Two” benefits greatly from high-end production techniques, adding another layer of quality that sets it apart. The producer has masterfully envisioned the entire picture while staying true to its black metal origins, and I was personally highly satisfied with the vision behind its creation.