Sunday, September 11, 2016
Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether
Jacob Buczarski (sole member of Mare Cognitum) is back after a 2 year break with a new full-length album and, spoiler alert, it fucking rules! I'll be the first to admit I'm a sucker for the type of cosmic black metal played by the likes of Mare Cognitum, Darkspace, Spectral Lore, and Pangaea; Science Fiction is the perfect fodder for black metal exploration in my mind. Everything I loved about Mare Cognitum's 2014 album Phobos Monolith is refined and enhanced on Luminiferous Aether. The guitar riffs are beautiful and melancholy, the blast beats grind and pulsate like twin ion cannons, and the solos sweep through the light-less void like shooting stars. If you have even the slightest interest in atmospheric black metal, this is your new bread and butter.