Label: Noizr Productions
The success of blackgaze, and post-black metal more generally, lies largely in the way it helped to expand the emotional palette of black metal. Beyond the misanthropy and nihilism so often espoused by the genre, post-black metal helped carve out a space for emotions that could be described as something other than hateful – a melancholy different to the self-hatred of DSBM, and a sense of longing that is as emotional as it is spiritual. It’s these feelings that Empyrean Fire from Chernaa so successfully communicates – there is an urgency here that goes beyond the speed of the music, but instead speaks of an almost existential anxiety. It is music that is difficult to listen to, for sure; but that also tries to communicate something vital, which can – if you let it – be remarkably cathartic.