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Cerement – Shroud [EP]

cerement – shroud [ep]

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I found myself drawn to the stark, simplistic beauty of the artwork for ‘Shroud’, a debut EP from Progressive Black Metal band Cerement of Portugal. This digital only (For now, physical formats coming soon) EP features just the one twenty one minute track, entitled simply ‘Unyielding’.

‘Shroud’ is an impressive debut and this Portuguese quartet back up the bold statement made by their bleak artwork with a very dynamic sounding EP, one that is comfortable melding together elements of raw heaviness, melodic clarity and even some classic rock influence and a little Progressive Rock and  Jazz. Good music should feel like a journey and Cerement do indeed embark on such an adventure, creating a highly melodic slice of ever changing Black Metal that feels inspired by nature and tries to mirror natures many moods with spiralling harmonious synth displays, bleak, sombre guitar leads and roaming, beautiful melodies.

In my opinion cerement would appeal to fans of both Agalloch and Wolves in the Throne Room, yet they sound like neither. However where they do mimic said bands is in their range of sounds and the creative freedom with which the write music. Cerement are also able to glide effortless through melodic interludes before bursting full force from the other side with grimly sung ferocity and harsh drum tones and riffs. ‘Shroud’ is an EP that has so much to offer you’ll need to experience it more than a few times. (Marksson)

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