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.
released November 4, 2013
CD in 6 panel digipack
This first opus was carried by the bleak autumn spores of 2007. Remastered by LT at sls studios 2012.
Layout by death-illustrated.net
Desolate: Guitars, Bass, Vocals and Keys
Sorrow: Drums and Vocals
Guest vocals on "The Dawn Remains Silent" by Balam
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It's tremendously difficult to breathe in the thick and gloomy atmosphere NONE creates in this release. It's adorned with riffs so delicious, yet so devastating. The tracks are repetitive, yet never once do they get mundane. Definitely worth the listen if you are into slower-paced DSBM, this is truly a masterpiece. ethan_t