Tersivel – ‘To The Orphic Void’ (2022)
Release: 11 February 2022
Label: Uprising! Records
Originally starting out as a Symphonic Power / Folk Metal act, Tersivel’s sound has morphed in recent years into Progressive Doom Metal and they are now a far more potent and interesting creative force for it. As a quick, if somewhat lazy, comparison, I would describe them as falling somewhere between Opeth and Enslaved with hints of My Dying Bride, but that is selling them short as there is far more going on here and they deserve to be recognised as an important band in their own right. And judging by what they have served up here, maybe they soon will be.
On their third full-length release, To the Orphic Void, Tersivel have created an intoxicating and, on occasion, dreamy blend of sublime ambient beauty and crushingly heavy, oppressive doom, where 60s folk melodies, 70s-style keyboards and clean vocals meet discordant, jarring guitars, thundering drums and growls…often in the same song. The pace very rarely goes above glacial, giving the album an almost soothing, rhythmic groove. I was hooked immediately and gleefully allowed Tersivel to take me on a journey into the world which they have created here for me. Of course, this will sound like overblown hyperbole, which, if I’m honest, it is, but this really is a fantastic album and a prime example of the Progressive Doom genre. The icing on the cake is a very impressive crisp and clear production which allows the songs to really breathe and for the subtleties within them to come to the fore.
Realistically, there probably isn’t a great deal here that will be of much interest to the average Folk Metaller, but don’t let that put you off giving it a chance as this is likely to be one of the stand-out Metal albums of 2022.
- Weeping Iron tears
- Moving On
- The Ferryman
- Shivering Deadly Cold
- Transmigration of the Soul