The rawness of black metal is often misunderstood; raw production doesn’t have anything to do with musical talent or quality. Svartblod has proven this time and time again in his various projects. The latest demo from Krayl, the rawest of the raw, showcases talents hidden behind a lackluster production. And “Froide Et Sombre” does it right.
Genius is often confined to the more virtuosic styles of metal; neo classical, shred, etc. But Viktor Jonas has proven time and time again that heavier can be heavenly, and can push musical boundaries. The latest album from his Apathy project, “Beneath The Ashen Sky,” is an album you won’t soon forget.
The first blast fairly spits in your face. And from that point on, So Hideous have you hooked. This blend of black metal, symphonics, and hardcore is intoxicating and firm, and it all seems to make little sense. But chaos reigns, and “Last Poem/First Light” may be an album that will redefine your view on…. something.
No, it isn’t everything. But production can take a mediocre product and make it popular (see: pop music) or take a daring new product and make it seem worse. Hathorious have the makings of a blackened titan, but their shoddy production work makes them sound like amateurs. As a result, “Beneath The Shade Of Hathor” is hard to swallow, despite the depth of flavor.
There are a limited number of words at our disposal to describe the music we hear each week. But the word that comes up most when breaking down “Marching For Liberty,” the new album from Wisdom, is chorus. One trip through this album, and you will hear some of the most catchy hooks of the year.
With Halloween right around the corner, it makes sense to go for something a little more frightening. But Curse The Son, despite their choice of artwork, won’t scare you in the chilling way you might expect. Instead, this doom inspired three piece will scare you; because damn it, “Psychache” is just that good.
The beginning is exactly that; it is the start of something bigger. When Thristana came and went, in what seemed like a flash, it seemed likely that they would return shiny and new. Under the moniker of Sorronia, the foundations of early efforts come to fruition. And on “Words Of Silence,” they move out of the beginning, and into the journey.
Instrumental metal can be a difficult style to master. Too much shredding, and you lose the attention of your listeners. But still, you have to make your music speak volumes. Mahogany Head Grenade do exactly that, balancing shred with cohesive instrumental songwriting that keeps you going back for more… again, and again, and again.
There’s many colors in many different styles of rainbows. Black is by far our favorite. And the same could be said by sludge act Black Sleep Of Kali, who are squeezing every ounce of darkness from their music, and making it work in their favor. “Who’s Hearts Are Faint Within You” may only be two tracks, but it’s layers are immeasurable.
Even the best bands have uneven histories; very few are consistently excellent. Ayreon has been hit or miss in the past, but that won’t stop people from listening. And when your patience is rewarded, it can be all the more exciting. You’ve waited patiently, and “The Theory Of Everything” gives you what you’ve been craving.