So admittedly I'm no expert when it comes to black metal. There's only a few bands that I really find myself enjoying in the genre, but I'm trying to open myself up to it. This is the last album in a physical copy stack I've gotten to review, so just a warning to anyone who's reading this review that I'm reviewing this based off of what I hear and a little research, not how many names and similarities I can name-drop.

Twilight started out as basically a supergroup of American black metal elite. But after an underwhelming debut record, they decided to mess with the lineup a bit which saw Sanford Parker from Minsk, Aaron Turner from Isis, and Stavros Giannopolus from The Atlas Moth replacing a few members to record this album. Those three bands definitely have a more post-metal, doomy, even psychedelic sound (as Minsk has categorized themselves as). That's the feature I think that makes this album all the more interesting-when I think of supergroups, I think it's a really hit-or-miss thing. One of my favorites is the Damned Things. Who thought that 2 members from Anthrax, 2 members from Fall Out Boy, and the singer from Every Time I Die could create an awesome hard rock record? The same thing applies here, not that I'm surprised it's a very good record because I'm not familiar with most of the artists in the bands, but it's clear that each member had their own input. This is a great case of the cliche "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," with the musicians clearly feeding off one another with their respective musical backgrounds and styles. The result is a very memorable atmospheric, progressive journey through light and dark, dissonant and melody, and conveys a bevy of emotions.

There's a certain depth to the sound of Twilight that will have me listening to this album again. One of my favorite moments on the album was in the second track "Fall Behind Eternity." The opening riff along with animal-like screams and ambient soundscapes made me feel like I was trapped in a snowstorm. "Red Fields" and "Decaying Observer" also share these incredibly creepy but somehow beautiful musical and atmospheric structuring. Even the more straightforward black metal styling of a song like "Convulsions in the Wells of Fever" complete with blast beats and incomprehensible high-pitched screams do not disappoint or appear to be stale in the slightest. This album does not and doesn't have a hint of filler on it. I even enjoyed the almost industrial-sounding final track "Negative Signal Omeg," complete with a flute-sounding wind instrument and a chorus of female voices. It's at a perfect length too and doesn't overstay its welcome in that regard.

This is a very palatable black metal release, and I would recommend it to anyone who's just getting into the genre. The production quality of this is immensely better than a good amount of black metal that I've heard so that's a plus. Black metal elitists may not enjoy this record due to the experimentation and shoegaze/post-metal influences. That said, there's lots to like here. Monument to Time End is a prime example of great musicians getting together and creating something that doesn't sound like it'll work on paper, but turns out to be a great album. This record is a few years old at this point but the band is releasing their third and final album soon so be sure to check that out.