Congrats to Nonsun on getting such a monstrous offering together and making it to release day. - See more at: theobelisk.net/obelisk/2016/01/06/nonsun-black-snow-desert-release/
A mammoth and extraordinarily well crafted effort from Nonsun, “Black Snow Desert” is certainly a must for any avid drone/doom fan. Fans of the above mentioned as well as similar would do well to check this release out too.
Listening to Black Snow Desert is like taking a pilgrimage through a constantly changing landscape...This isn’t music that you can just turn on as background music and then go about your business. There’s too much to miss, and the payoff from fully immersing yourself in the sound is too great.
They clearly owe a debt to Earth and with titles like ‘Ashes of Light, Demons of Justice’ and ‘Peace of Decay, Joy of Collapse’ they’re not afraid to show it. It’s a testament to how impressive the Ukrainian duo’s début album is that they can invite comparisons with the Seattle legends and not wither before them.
ECHOES AND DUST
If Sleep's 'Dopesmoker' was an epic journey through the deserts to the promised land of Jerusalem, this is a tripped-out, post-apocalyptic stumbling through mine-pocked landscapes on the way to something, anything better than this nightmare world we're creating for ourselves...It's time we began building our new list of the HeavyBest16.
DOOMED & STONED
I can clearly imagine this band playing in a dark, cold and damp basement venue in front of only a handful of people. Those people know they witness something unique, something intense...I'll be somewhere in the audience, with my eyes closed, listening to the droney goodness while my mind wanders off to a completely different dimension.
MERCHANTS OF AIR
Transcending in every form of the word, “Black Snow Desert” is the most psychedelic non-psychedelic album I’ve heard from such a heavy band in a long while and it would be an insult not to call this record not only refreshing but impressive.
Recorded at NonSound Studio and Pohulianka Basement Hall, 2014-2015
Mixed at NonSound Studio
Goatooth - guitars
Alpha - drums