Your Daily Lick: Amber Asylum

Bitter River (Profound Lore Records)



Despite the nagging sense that Amber Asylum's neo-classical concoction of angelic vocals and suggestively sinister strings could at any moment break into all-out metal, Bitter River is a profoundly calming, almost meditative experience. The metal hunch is not far off: producer and multi-instrumentalist Kris Force worked for years with Oakland experimental group Neurosis.