Roel de Haan : Here we have the self-titled debut album by the American outfit None. None plays atmospheric/depressive black metal. Three longs songs full of dismay, desolation and melancholy make up ‘None’. Stylistically they seem inspired by acts like Shining, Wolves In The Throne Room, Woods Of Desolation and Austere. There is a clear depressive atmosphere present and the band often delves into doom territories. These sidesteps beyond the realm of black metal are the main strength of this largely successful entry into the scene. The total desolation and despair in these parts is almost tangible which makes for an intense listening experience. The sporadic addition of synths has a harrowing effect and deepens the emotional charge that this record has in spades. Fans of depressive black metal should check this very promising and already very mature debut out.