Label: Sentient Ruin Released: 8/19/14
Coping With Loss is american’s addition to the rising list of 2014 releases in a steadily growing Virginian black metal scene. The duo performs punk infused black metal with drone and ambient influences. This seven track debut opens with a couple of raw, crusty black metal tracks but as the album progresses the music gradually evolves, or rather devolves into a slower, more atmospheric sound. The track listing was certainly designed to create this effect, as eventually the album transitions to pure noise, with the sixth track “Solace in Silence” briefly interjecting to remind us that we are still indeed listening to the same band.