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Echtra is an Oregon-based one-man ambient metal project whose latest presentation PARAGATE consists of one 46-minute drone metal song divided into two equal halves of 23 minutes. Steeped in foreboding atmospheres through most of the first half before submitting to a surge of chilling acoustic guitar bursting from the whirring murky soundscape, Echtra’s manipulations of deliberately paced tempos and cautious composition makes way for a textbook ethereal black metal movement that fluctuates between somber acoustic and obliterating doom during the second-half. This disc requires an understanding of the more unorthodox spots on the metal spectrum as well as a wealth of patience, yet overall yields a rich listening experience for the informed adventurous follower to enjoy.
- Mike SOS