Vhol. This is the new shit your grandma hates. I'm very excited about this release.
It's so nice to hear such sophisticated metal played by such talented musicians. No emo bullshit. No weakness. Play "Arising" right now.
Exceptional musicianship. Mixed perfectly. A fascinating record.
The band's bio on Profound Lore Records says it's not black metal but a smashing together of lots of different genres.
BTW, typos and spelling errors abound on that bio. This is why black metal cannot yet trespass into the realm of mass appreciation—its fans often do not take the time to properly promote it to intelligent people.
And he goes on to claim it's not black metal? NOT BLACK METAL? No dude, this is black metal. This shit is dark, menacing, sounds like it was written and played inside a burning church, and has all the elements of black metal.
Hey Profound Lore, can I work for you? I'll clean up your website, no problem. I got you on this. I need $45K/year.
It is Ludicra, but faster. It's Hammers of Misfortune, but less medieval. I think John Cobbett really nailed it with those ideas, and in fact what he wrote and his band created, I assume, goes far above and beyond what he expected it etre.
The first track is black metal. The second track is black metal. The third track is black metal. It's fucking black metal. But it's not exactly black metal—the singing gets really clean and dynamic with boy-girl harmonies, followed on either side by black metal shrieks. The guitar isn't overly overdriven, the bass has just the right tone and is present in the mix, and the drums are also just mixed perfectly in there, played on a fantastic-sounding kit. All that, and it still feels like black metal.
I know, I'm in love. I'm gushing. But I really can't think of a bad thing to say about this release. I don't want to, though, it's obvious, right? Just let me be obsessed with this thing a while longer, I'll stop blabbering about it soon enough.
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