Band – Revenant Marquis
Album – Below The Landsker Line
Country of Origin – UK
Genre – Black metal
Release Date – March 21st, 2021
Label – Inferna Profundus Records
Author – Michael Litteral
Revenant Marquis has become a recent favorite for me. With releases like Youth and Ribbons and Pitiless Black Emphasis, this one-man band from Wales baffles me with the overall sound that he creates. Not much is known about the figure behind the music, all we can do is say thank you for such terror that is delivered sonically to all that listen to his screams and cries.
Below The Landsker Line starts with the first single from the release, Haverfordwest. The album starts with a short, but sweet ambient passage. For me, it’s as if someone is just awoken from their slumber only to be introduced to their living nightmare. The music picks up and then that’s when we hear the familiar noises known as Revenant Marquis. The first track is absolutely beautiful. With its melancholily enriched melodies and raw production, you don’t get a chance to warm up to the idea of utter despair, it just overtakes you and you have no choice but to submit and let the emotions take over your mind and soul. Near the end of the song, we heard another ambient passage. This one reminds me of seeing a distorted vision through the mirror on the base of a toy carousel. Spacing out as your mind takes over while giving a blank stare at something that was once beautiful and innocent.
Next up we have Children Of The Grand, a faster pace black metal track that has more black than the first song. This is when you start to feel the album for what it is. The ever-growing weight of depression and regret starts to settle in as there’s no way out at this point. Your only option is to continue and hope it gets better.
The interlude track, Beibl, gives you a second to catch up from your hyperventilating and to compose yourself to finish the journey you started. You could easily just turn the album off, but something inside you finds comfort in the hysteria and dread.
We must continue to finish what we started.
Just as you come up for air, the next track, Geist Unbaptized, brings your head back below water, bringing your discomfort back to the top. Struggle and turmoil rear their ugly head as more friends come to try and comfort you through your unease. This track is a great way to bring the horror back into the light. The force behind this hymn is strong and doesn’t end until you have reached the next track.
You are suddenly met with Under The Hand of The Master. Is this when we finally see the face of our oppressor? Will we get any answers as to why this is happening to the listener? Sadly no. The continuous abuse and fright are still prevalent in the air, extremely thin air I might add. As one of the shorter songs on the album that is actually black metal, I treat this as an introduction to our final test before we are released unto the world, forever scarred and damaged.
We are finally met with Dianc, the final obstacle in our way to freedom. One thing I really enjoy about this track is it gives you the beauty you felt in the first track that started this inner-terrorism within your being. Does this mean we might actually be okay when it’s all said and done? Sadly no. Dianc gives us closure (if you want to call it that) but our emotional wounds are still very well alive.
All in all, I wouldn’t be surprised if this surpasses Youth in Ribbons as my favorite Revenant Marquis album. This album is certainly not for everyone, but for those who like the obscure side of black metal, and I mean OBSCURE, then this album is for you. It was my pleasure to review this album. Revenant Marquis has become an instant favorite for me, and being able to do stuff like this is a dream come true.
Below The Landsker Line will be released March 21st through Inferna Profundus Records. Make sure to give the label’s page a like/subscribe/follow. You’re not going to want to miss out on what the label has to offer to the masses.
Biography: Michael Litteral is just your friendly neighborhood metalhead who can’t seem to find his way out of the black and he’s just fine with that.