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Devouring Star – Through Lung And Heart

(Daemon Worship Productions, 2014)

I was positively surprised by local Devouring Star’s Demo of 2014 (at the time a one-man band), since it didn’t have the typical Finnish Black Metal feel to it, sounding a bit more mature and of good quality. The only thing that bothered me even a little bit was the use of software drums, but that problem has been solved with the adding of a human drummer on this their first long-awaited full-length.

The album and the first song “Sanctified Decomposition” starts with a celestial and spiritual-sounding ambient synth-intro, giving me visions of a rider and his horse travelling across a vast clouded yet starry sky. The horse (our Ego?) is however soon impaled with the spear of the rider, as the ominous guitars and vocals appear, with the simple yet powerful beating of the drum-kit, soon changing nature from the Doomier start to a more traditional Black Metal blasting. The guitars deliver fascinating multifaceted yet not too complicated riffs, with interesting combination of strokes and tremolos, while the drums accompany the great performance with equal imagination and skill. The vocals are of great quality as well, in their low preaching screaming, pretty simple in nature yet having many shades and nuances. To my hearing, the basses merge with the guitars having similar frequencies, and the overall soundscape has a clear yet deep and low-kicking atmosphere to it. Especially the drum-sounds fit the rest of the music great, from rides to toms.

The fascinating crafting and arranging of the first song continues in the second song “Decayed Son Of Earth”, going straight to intensive blasting. The third song “To Traverse The Black Flame” starts with a bit more “groovier” and not-so-traditional expression, still ultimately breathing in the same realm with the rest of the album. The fourth song “The Dreaming Tombs” is perhaps my favourite with it’s straightforward melancholic approach. The fifth and final song “Through Lung And Heart” is like a summary of the rest of the album heard so far, fitting the role of the final piece greatly with it’s epic majesty.

The album is so tight and gripping, it could also be presented as a single 39-minute song, as time loses it’s meaning listening to it, while we are still living it’s feelings extremely concentrated riff by riff, fill by fill, line by line. When the album is finished, the horse rides no more, yet the rider walks with a newfound strength and determination (my personal interpretation naturally).

With a start this powerful and upscale, we can expect great things from this young band in the future. They will be performing live as well, pleasing many fans of “modern” Black and Death Metal. This album is a must for fans of the styles of today coming forth in the music of names such as Aosoth, Bölzer, Altar Of Plagues, Deathspell Omega, Ascension, and the likes. Although, if you’re a fan of music of this style, you have probably heard of Devouring Star by now.

9/10 – Antti Mikonmäki

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Interview with JL (Devouring Star)

Devouring Star from Finland offered on the band’s debut Demo two magnificent songs of original and classy upscale Black Metal, when compared to most new bands within the “Spiritual” or “Occult” current of the Art. The band consists of a single anonymous member, and as he is ready to unleash his first full-length album, and plays live (with a session line-up) as well, I had a few questions for the man behind this great music.

Greetings! How are things in your life at the moment?

Greetings. My life at the moment regarding Devouring Star is focused on the release of the first-full-length ”Through Lung And Heart”, and in planning of things to come. Other than that, the contents of my life are not connected to interviews dealing with Devouring Star.

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Devouring Star as band is quite young, but there is a strong feeling of professionalism and imagination coming forth from the music, both in forms of compositions as well as execution of the songs. It’s quite evident you’re not making music for the first time in your life?

Devouring Star is the first project, where I create music under a certain name.

In today’s underground, we can find a lot of bands performing this certain “dissonant” (regarding the style of the riffs) material, with themes revolving around the Occult and Religions, and this may already be seen as a trend. Do you see it like that, as a trend, or perhaps as a genre of Black Metal on it’s own, formed during the years? There are people whom probably regard it as a “higher” form of Black Metal?

The dissonance of the music is just a tool with which to mirror certain themes musically. I see this similar kind of music, which is not so-called “traditional” Black Metal, as it’s own style within the genre. However, the style of Devouring Star comes naturally, fitting to be a musical representation of the lyrical and ideological sides of the band. A “higher” form is not defined by the structure of the music, but the entirety of the whole. Black Metal is still in it’s fundamental purpose more than just music.

The lyrics of the band are intelligent and multifaceted, and travel clearly in the world of Occult and Spiritual symbolism. What are the greatest themes and sources of inspiration behind your lyrics, or are they perhaps so diverse, you let the listener/reader interpret them as he or she sees fit?

My way of phrasing things is usually symbolic and the lyrics must always be written in the way they give the listener different ways of interpretation. If the lyrics wouldn’t challenge the reader to think, they would be nothing but words on paper, without any greater meaning to the lyricist, as well as lacking any greater agenda. The themes of my lyrics are at least Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of Death.

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Does so-called Occultism mean to you the language of “Mystical” phenomenons, and the Art of controlling them, or do you see it more as Philosophical symbolism and Psychological phenomenons?

Occultism walks hand in hand with symbolism, which is defined by it’s interpreter. Philosophy comes in it’s original form from the person himself, and it’s highly likely that to most who are not dedicated enough on their own path, the Mystical energies and Spirituality are Psychological phenomenons. Spirituality can however be seen in a very earth-bound way as well.

You have most likely received a lot of great feed-back and offers for deals after the release of your Demo, and now your first full-length album is about to be released through Daemon Worship Productions. How did this deal came to be, were you approached by the label or vice versa?

To me, Daemon Worship Productions has been a label with clearly a certain theme and agenda in their releases. As I have had respect for the work they are doing for quite some time now, approaching them was a natural choice.

You also play live. Has it been difficult for you to find people to perform your very personal music on stage? Do you see Devouring Star more as a studio- or a live-band, or perhaps both?

Finding the live-members happened naturally. I see Devouring Star as both, but there are certain demands for myself which must be fulfilled in live-appearances. Our so far only gig was not enough in this case.

Photo by: Marco Manzi
Photo by: Marco Manzi

The Finnish Black Metal scene is seen from the outside perspective usually as the workings of a certain group of friends, although there are a number of bands in this country working sometimes completely on their own. How do you see yourself in this matter? Are you interested in doing cooperation with other bands, or do you prefer to act on your own and let the music do the talking?

I naturally respect artists with similar interests, and therefore cooperation is not completely excluded. However, Devouring Star is my own channel with it’s releases. My work does not need to convince anyone else but myself.

I want to thank you for this short interview! What are your future plans with Devouring Star, besides releasing the new album?

The plans for the future are naturally in the future. At this point we are however working on advancing in regards of possible live-shows. Thank you!

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Devouring Star – Demo

(Tridroid Records, Sarlacc Productions, 2014)

Devouring Star from Finland strikes to me as something extremely familiar, and also as something extremely fresh.

The familiar part being there are a lot of bands of this genre these days, with many quality labels (apparently) cashing in on the popularity of “Spiritual” and “Occult” Black Metal. Then again, if we can indeed talk of this kind of music as a certain genre within modern Black Metal, perhaps we should criticise these bands within the concepts of this genre, and not as Black Metal in general.

The fresh part of Devouring Star is the fact that this doesn’t sound like typical Finnish Black Metal, being more thoughtful and of a better quality. Also, the little things that make the music are all nicely personal and original enough to make this a positively new kind of experience, compared to most bands of this style.

This demo features two songs of about five and six minutes in length. The first song “Chaos Omega” starts slowly, with the dissonant-like riffs, not unusual within this genre but quite original in nature, well produced software-drums, and splendidly performed low speech-like Blackened vocals, taking us straight to the abyss of human consciousness. Quite hypnotic and repeating, although complex at the same time, the first half of the song passes by in the psychedelic euphoria this kind of music can bring at it’s best, before exploding into a more furious blasting storm, making the drum-software sound a bit too unnatural compared to the slower parts. The second song “Todestrieb” is a bit more intense work of art, but otherwise following the same upscale path begun by the first song. This song features even more original dissonant guitars and perhaps even better playing. Some Death Metal elements are also a bit more apparent, but not too much, keeping the music within the circle of Black Metal. These songs stand multiple listens, that’s for sure.

What makes Devouring Star stand above most bands of the genre, is the certain class and style apparent in the crafting and playing of the riffs, and planning of the overall song-structures. Also the sounds fit the feelings nicely, being not too damp and not too cold. The vocals sound personal and of high class, without too much effects, and the lyrics are enjoyably intelligent and multifaceted.

As Devouring Star has also played live, I can picture this stuff working nicely on stage as well. Daemon Worship Productions has also announced the upcoming full-length “Through Lung And Heart”, which is most certainly one of the most anticipated releases of the near future for a lot of Spiritually-oriented Black Metalists.

If you like bands like Ascension, Deathspell Omega, Aosoth etc., check out this demo and keep an eye on the upcoming full-length, as well as any possible live-performances by the band. Personally, I thought I can’t be positively surprised within this genre of music anymore when it comes to a new band, but it happened.

8.5/10 – Antti Mikonmäki

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