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AUSTERE - Withering Illusions and Desolation, DigiCD

Eisen078-CD 4250088501456
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Remastered, final edition with new artwork.

Originally released in 2007, AUSTERE's Withering Illusions and Desolation debut appeared seemingly out of nowhere and soon came to be considered a modern classic of suicidal, heartwrenching black metal. The duo's roots run deep in the enigmatic Australian black metal underground, but here on Withering Illusions and Desolation, AUSTERE crafted hysterical yet hauntingly melodic epics of absolute anguish and utter despair, taking the foundation laid down by Burzum to new heights/depths. Now, att long last, a proper and final re-issue of this first AUSTERE album arrives with new band-selected artwork, new mastering, and packaged in a six-panel digipack: their distant and desolate black metal has never been presented better. 

Tracklist:
1. Unending Nigh
2. ...Memories
3. The Dawn Remains Silent
4. Withering Illusions And Desolation
5. Coma 


"Each riff patiently arrives, only to leave again as all things will, and opens the mind to the potential to explore one’s own loneliness. As the guitar strings chant the ode to desolation, the comfort of darkness returns." HEATHEN HARVEST

“If you want blast beats, whirlwind riffs and infinite variety seek ye elsewhere. If you feel like slicing off your ears and crying yourself to sleep in a bath of ice shards, delve into 'Withering Illusions and Desolation'. AUSTEREALIAN MISERY.” - THE METAL ARCHIVES

"This remastered version features a significantly richer sound, which adds to the shoegazy dissonance...a good example of depressive black metal done right. Every note is brimming with sadness and hopelessness" - THE METAL OBSERVER

"high quality atmospheric black metal that deserves to be heard" - ECHOES AND DUST

"Withering Illusions and Desolation_ proves a great companion to the seemingly endless days of autumnal greyness." - CHRONICLES OF CHAOS

"If you seek everlasting despair and a black metal induced coma of hopelessness then Austere will coldly embrace you within its ghastly tentacles and into the darkness you will be submerged." - NOCTURNAL CULT 

"Sixty minutes is a long time to give to any album, yes, but fans of the depressive/suicidal genre are more than prepared, their endurance levels greater than most and their appreciation of the meditative purposelessness more refined. As such, Withering Illusions And Desolation would be a worthy addition to fans of the genre, and for those yet to drag black metal’s waters a little deeper, this may entice you further into its charming abyss" - CHOST CULT

"Heartbreaking blurs of guitar progressions evolve while vocals try to shout away the pain against left-ear only drums. At ear-splitting levels, despair bares its teeth" - ABOUT.com

8/10 Terrorizer
13/15 Legacy
5/6 Caosvault
8/10 The Metal Observer
4/5 Zero Tolerance
4/5 Metal Crypt
96/100 Zwaremetalen
4/5 About.com
12/13 Schwermetall
9/10 Metalglory 

Overview
Format: CD (album)
Packaging: 6 panel Digipak, gloss finish with inside spines printed in black
Cat.Nr.: Eisen078
Barcode: 4250088501456
Release date: November 4th, 2013