New York-based experimental black metal group Krallice have today released their sixth full-length album ‘Prelapsarian’. It features the track ‘Hate Power’ which was released last month through the Adult Swim Singles 2016 collection, as well as three other brand new songs. I’ve only had the chance to listen through the album once so far, but stylistically it seems like a return to the highly technical, densely composed black metal soundscapes of Years Past Matter and earlier works. It was a disorienting, fascinating listen, full of intricately woven guitar passages and unusual percussion. I think I was expecting and hoping for more of the death metal-influenced style they explored on last year’s Ygg Huur, but it really is hard to pass any sort of judgement on a Krallice album based on just one listen, so I shan’t even attempt it other than to say that I really enjoyed my first listen. You should expect a full review of the album at a later date. Meanwhile, you can stream and purchase the album on Bandcamp below.
Putting aside much of what happened politically in 2016, this has been one of the best years in recent memory for metal. There were many, many albums I loved this year, far too many to squeeze into an end-of-year list. So I have limited myself to picking my ten favourite albums, as well as five ‘runners up’. And by imposing this particular format on myself I had to think quite carefully about my choices and what it is that makes that particular album stand out to me. And really what it comes down to, most of the time, is whether an album moves me. If an album inspires some sort of reaction from me on an emotional level – whether that’s in an emotionally resonant song or idea, or by crafting such a rich and powerful atmosphere that the listener is transported away from their everyday life – that’s what really makes an album stand out to me. So there were many albums which I enjoyed but which you won’t find on this list precisely because, even though they might have some great riffs or something else, if I didn’t connect with it then it’s not something that’s going to figure into my list of the best metal albums of the year.
That Cambridgeshire simply didn’t have any good metal bands was a sad fact I’d come to accept. When I’m not at university here in York, I live in the small cathedral-city of Ely, a short drive from the county’s namesake and hub of Cambridge. Musically, it’s an utterly desolate landscape. Friends of mine who live and study in Cambridge have confirmed as much. So when I learned that Cambridge was now the home of TERRA, an atmospheric black metal band along the lines of Wolves in the Throne Room or Ash Borer, my heart leapt. And while TERRA certainly do draw on these bands, they forge their own path on their second full-length album ‘Mors Secunda’. Continue reading “TERRA: Interview and Album Review”
It’s always a morbid treat when the Spanish black/death metal masters in Teitanblood release new music. And today marks the release of their new EP ‘Accursed Skin’ on vinyl and digital formats through Norma Evangelium Diaboli. Continue reading “Teitanblood release new EP ‘Accursed Skin’”
Some bands take a few releases to mature, hone their technical skills, and refine their sound to a point where they sound confident in their music and carve out a niche for themselves. Other bands, like Setentia, nail it on their first attempt. Their debut full-length album (and, in fact, their very first release of any kind) ‘Darkness Transcend’ was released independently earlier this year, and reissued on the reputable Finnish label Blood Music on November 11. Though the band have been compared with Ulcerate, this does not do justice to the breadth of Setentia’s sound, which incorporates elements of progressive metal and black metal to a far greater extent. Beyond that, they have an uncanny knack for suffocating atmosphere, highly technical, brutal death metal, as well as writing songs with enough variety and unexpected surprises to stave off monotony.
English melodic black metal group Angmaer have just released a brand new single from their upcoming second full-length album, due to be released in 2017. Continue reading “Angmaer release new single “As the Rivers Flow With Blood””