NSP 150 :
Ghost Bath - Starmourner DigiCD/CD/DLP/TS
Release date: April 21st, 2017
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Where Ghost Bath's critically acclaimed "Moonlover" album (the first part of a trilogy) explored melancholy, sorrow,
earth, purgatory & tragedy, their new opus "Starmourner" focuses on joy, the cosmos, paradise & ecstasy. With over 72
minutes of heavy, melodic, and dramatic Black Metal, it is Ghost Bath's most ambitious undertaking yet. The album
takes its listener on a journey in a variety of ways. Each track is accompanied by a beautifully crafted painting as well
as a "parable" to read alongside. This allows the listeners to explore not only the audio soundscapes, but also to have a
visual and imaginative experience as they delve into the album. "The stories, or parables, look into Jewish angelology
and the hierarchy of angels as found in the bible and other religious texts." says Nameless. "Although the album has a
definitive joyful and hopeful feel, it is still drenched in depression and sorrow, as any true Ghost Bath record should be."
The European pressing is released by Northern Silence, the North
American pressing by Nuclear Blast, the Japanese pressing by Ward
The European version of the CD comes as Collector's Edition in
digipack, limited to 1000 copies, as well as regular edition in jewel
case. Both include an extensive 28-page booklet.
The DLP comes in gatefold cover, with printed innersleeves and
two-sided A2 poster. The gold vinyl is limited to 144 copies, the
violet vinyl to 414 copies and the silver vinyl to 441 copies.
1. Astral 3:20
2. Seraphic 5:50
3. Ambrosial 8:30
4. Ethereal 6:54
5. Celestial 8:14
6. Angelic 5:23
7. Luminescence 6:08
8. Thrones 6:20
9. Elysian 5:22
10. Cherubim 4:26
11. Principalities 6:14
12. Ode 4:28
Official Bandcamp page
Bath has achieved something magical with Starmourner. This is not
ďMoonlover 2.0Ē, and Iím glad that it isnít. Namelessí vocal delivery
doesnít contain a single word to be interpreted. Yet, itís the emotion
behind its sound that makes it unique, while the rest of the band
attacks with full aggression and beauty to deliver this message of joy
and sorrow. It will be hard to top off this one, but Iím looking
forward to the end of this trilogy. Well done!"
9/10 - letteredallunderground.blogspot.de
Musically, it's an incredible roller coaster of beautiful, melancholic
moments partnered with some upbeat riffing & some traditional black
metal guitar work. The addition of piano in a couple of tracks really
works to amplify the beauty and sadness that can be felt throughout the
album. The vocals are a very haunting style of black metal wails and
screams that just worm their way through your very being. They really
help pull the album together and work in harmony with the music to
provide the perfect soundscape for the story that "Starmourner" tells.
I am very impressed with the song quality, the musicality, and the
overall depth and feeling that Ghost Bath deliver with this album."
4.5/5 - www.maximummetal.com
"Ghost Bath plays a style of
post black metal that is very
depressive and atmospheric sounding while
also having its raw moments, the
production sounds very professional while
the lyrics cover joy, paradise,
cosmos and ecstasy themes.
In my opinion Ghost Bath are
a very great sounding atmospheric
and depressive post black metal
band and if you are a fan
of this musical genre, you should
check out this album."
8.5/10 - www.occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.de
"Starmourner is magical, full of powerful melodies and hinting at black
metal majesty of the sort that many of the bands peers have basically
ignored for years now. This is a group who emphasize strong songwriting
and artistic elegance, going a step beyond even scene pioneers in bands
like Deafheaven and using their waves of sonic magick to leave the
listener in awe. [...] Ghost Bath understand not only the concept of
great riff writing and lead lines but moreover how these things fit
into the context of the post black metal genre. They have been able to
create something with Starmourner that stands out as a monolithic
statement, blending old school black metal with modern magic that
leaves you in utter awe. [...] Starmourner is almost a masterpiece.
It's a record that can't help but to capture your imagination and which
sees the band moving closer to their place in the heavy metal pantheon."