Essene are a 1 man band from Kansas City, Kansas that plays a very depressive from of black metal with elements of shoegaze and post rock and this is a review of his self released 2013 demo.
"I" begins with some clean and melodic post rock guitar riffs and drum beats and a minute later spoken word samples are added into the song and the song closes with some distorted sounds.
"II" begins with some melodic guitar riffs and drum beats and a few seconds alter high pitched depressive black metal s creams start coming into the song and the drum b eats get faster and you can hear some primitive guitar playing in the background and towards the end the music goes into a slower direction which leads to the bass guitars getting more powerful sounding.
"III" begins with some clean and melodic guitar playing along with some background distorted sounds along with some guitar leads and the song is all instrumental with no vocals being present.
"IV" begins with some acoustic guitar playing which uses full chords and then t he drum beats and depressive black metal screams start to kick in along with some synths and guitar riffs in the background and towards the end there is a brief use of post rock style guitar leads.
Song lyrics cover Existenialism, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.
In my opinion Essene are a very great sounding hybrid of depressive black metal, post rock and shoegaze and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "II" and "IV". RECOMMENDED BUY.