Umbra Nihil’s second full length release seems like a musical mongrel mostly drawing influences from slow Doom-flavoured Metal, 70’s Prog Rock, Zeuhl, Voïvod and maggot-infested Heavy Metal in general. In order to achieve a suitable claustrophobic sound and eerie, forbidding atmosphere, the album was recorded in an isolated and quarantined abandoned house on the inbred borderland, sullenly crafting the band’s sound into a more organic and gelatinous direction.
Additional astrality has been contributed by Tuomas M. Mäkelä of the ambient band Jääportit. The Borderland Rituals was mastered by Devo Andersen at Endarker Studio in Sweden. In epileptic fits of pathetic rage the album betimes raises a trembling and arthritic pale fist at the uncaring cosmos-at-large and its malevolent nightside entities, which haunt hapless Mankind with unfathomable purpose – or lack thereof. Mostly, however, the aural ambience resolves in resigned rudderless levitation towards inevitable mental and physical disintegration.2008 — Epidemie Records