Equally inspired by the primal aggression of black metal's original wave and the stoic majesty of Iceland's natural landscapes, Lethe's latest excursion into drone ambient is a powerful, measured work of glacial temperance and refined minimalism. Using Sigur Ros' landmark "Takk..." album as a source, "Glaciere Flameaux" reinterprets the band's iconoclasm and tendency towards emotional catharsis as two massive, dark compositions that barely suggest their origin. Instead, Lethe creates darkness out of optimism, evoking the spectral nature of Iceland's gorgeous cartography and meshing it to the spectacle of burning churches. Far from being a simple remix album, this is contemplative drone at its most epic and subdued.
Altar of Waste is pleased to present this elegant work in a DVD package designed and constructed by Cory Strand in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies. $15 ppd. in the United States. Overseas, please inquire as to exact cost.