Common Eider, King Eider are a band from San Francisco, California that plays a mixture of dark ambient, ritual, and blackened drone and this is a review of their 2017 album "Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside" which will be released in April by Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
Field recordings start off the album along with some ambient style soundscapes a few seconds later while also mixing in a great amount of atmospheric synths and after awhile percussion's are added onto the recording along with most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and the songs also mix in a great amount of drones.
Some of the tracks are all instrumental while grim black metal vocals can be heard in certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses the music starts adding in a more experimental and avant garde touch along with the tracks bringing in a more ritualistic atmosphere along with a brief use of melodic Gregorian chants and the last song was recorded live.
Common Eider, King Eider plays a musical style that takes drone, dark ambient, and ritual and mixes it in with elements of black metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very dark and lo-fi while the song themes focus on Occultism and Rituals.
In my opinion Common Eider, King Eider are a very great sounding blackened mixture of drone, ritual and dark ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Dark Winter" and "Litha". 8 out of 10.