This post has been a long way underway and we are really happy to finally have the pictures and description ready for it. Zuriaake is something as unusual as a Chinese black metal band and this album has been released by Chinese record label Pest Productions and of course had to be ordered all the way from China. From what I’ve seen and heard it looked really fascinating, but I had some fears about it being from China and had already given it a mental “Made in China”-stamp. Turned out I was dead wrong – see the description and images below to learn why.
They are being described as a “depressive ambient black metal” band, which fits their style quite well, seeing as they are using a wide variety of instruments and effects to create their soundscape. Most notably, which is heard on the opening track “Whispering Woods”, is their use of nature sounds and more traditional Oriental instruments. The mix of it all is visible for the first time in the second song “God Of Scotch Mist”, that has the opener fading into it and stats out with the sounds of a waterfall before having the lead singer introducing his aggressive snarling howl and the heavy guitars kick in as well.
Overall, it’s very melodic album and their use of instruments is impressive and goes from flutes to piano to what I can best describe as a Chinese string instrument, is very impressive and helps create an overall variety in the songs. One fact we’ve been discussing on this blog is their use of drum machines and whether this is okay or not – we have different opinions on it, so we’ll let you decide when listening to it.
This particular version is the very limited Die Hard-edition, that comes in a box with the album + a lot of goodies. It’s limited to 94 copies of which 70 were reserved for Chinese locals and stores. I was pretty lucky in getting a copy of this version as it was listed as sold out on the web store. I’d originally purchased a version with only the cloth jacket (as seen below), but that one was actually sold out – so I was offered the very last copy they had left of the Die Hard-box, which I didn’t hesitate to order.
The entire deal is very well-thought through and looks fantastic. The two disc comes on a green and a red splatter vinyl and the sound quality is very good. It may be made in China, but this time that’s a stamp of approval – this is a great quality release.
If this sounds like something for you, don’t waste any time in buying the standard vinyl version (which is the only one left) – they’ve had 70 copies (of a total of 206) up for sale of that one and my guess is that a good handful of these are already gone: http://pestproductions.storenvy.com/collections/152060-all-products/products/834987-zuriaake-afterimage-of-autumn-dlp-lim-70