Jasper : A couple of years ago Dirge made 'Wings Of Lead Over Dormant Seas': a postmetal record that was hard to ignore for fans of all slow and heavy things. At the time it was hard to imagine that they could make another record with a similar powerful atmospheric impact, let alone improve it. Especially since the genre seemed at its end and the urgency could be only less. And yet, here is that follow up.
'Elysian Magnetic Fields' is its name, and they could not have thought of a better one. According to Greek mythology the Elysian Fields were the place where the blessed dead lived on. These near-dead declared French also live on in bliss with this new album, and with a magnetic pulling power that is undeniable. Dirge sounds heavier, darker, more melancholic, but especially richer than ever. Everything seems right in place, and even elements that would perhaps be cliché on any band like church-organ synths come across impressive and genuine. The spacey moments remind of the first Rosetta album (another one of those gems), the doomy parts at time to Jesu due to to the low clean vocals. Despite the lack of tempo there is still plenty of room for variation in every song, preventing it from getting dull at any time, which says something with songs clocking largely over ten minutes. The thick layers Dirge forged into their sound make for hours of on-repeat discoveries through 'Elysian Magnetic Fields'. What seemed impossible just happened; an awesome piece of postmetal just turned a little bit more awesome.