Midnight Odyssey - Closer to the Sky (2024)


Always consistent and oozing creativity, Dis Pater and Midnight Odyssey return with an epic EP titled “Closer to the Sky”. In this five track, thirty-three minute outing, the listener is treated to magical ambient soundscapes that are masterfully adorned with harsh screams and relentless Black Metal onslaughts. Filled with quality music and engaging atmospherics, this is yet another triumphant release from the band.

Opening with the dreamy “Souls Left Wandering”, the mood is set to a very lush soundscape that features the vocal outburst of harsh vocals flanked by excellent clean vocal arrangements. The band’s ‘heavier’ elements are similar to outfits like Lustre and An Autumn for Crippled Children, but the atmospherics are what sets them apart, as cinematic experiences like “Lightning Fall” and “Closer to the Sky” transport the listener to magical fantasy lands.

Closing with “Awakening”, Midnight Odyssey seals this EP with an elegant piece filled with dramatic keyboards and solemn clean vocals. Overall, “Close to the Sky” is another brilliant example as to why the band is one of the best when it comes to ambient/dreamy/ethereal Black Metal. If you like to be aurally transported but don’t want to compromise on heaviness, this is the release for you.

Band: Midnight Odyssey Album: Closer to the Sky

Label: I, Voidhanger Records

Release: June 4th, 2024

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Genre: Ambient Black Metal

Country: Australia

Rating: 95/100

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