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‘System I’ doesn’t waste any time to turn the gravity up to a crushing atmosphere right when you press play.
Band - Non Serviam Album - Le Cœur Bat Country of Origin - France Genre - Experimental/Electronica/Industrial/Blackened Grindcore Release Date - April 23, 2021 Label - Code666/Aural Music/Trepanation Recordings Author - Hayduke X Le Cœur Bat starts with a track...
It’s the type of album that can be hard to write about objectively, because it’s really more about how it grabs me and about how it makes me feel, than it is about particular riffs, rhythms, or anything else.
They are a raging alarm call of black metal might, in which Wrath shows himself to be at the height of his powers, even after all of these years and all of these releases.
There is nothing soft about either track, though there is plenty of skill displayed in the mauling they give us.
This demo is a truly excellent example of creating meaning and emotion within objectively difficult music.
Those with open minds and chaos in their hearts will rejoice.
Eerie, beautiful, powerful, meditative…all of these are appropriate descriptors for this spacey third track on Lunar Nocturnes and Esoteric Incantations.
This is, I would say, first and foremost stoner doom, and it has a side order of prog mixed in as well, but it also carries that aura of sludge metal (or maybe Sludge Metal is more apt).
Band - Cryptosis Album - Bionic Swarm Country of Origin - The Netherlands Genre - Progressive Thrash Metal Release Date - March 26, 2021 Label - Century Media Records Author - Hayduke X Bionic Swarm is the perfect name for this album for a couple of reasons....
A rich sonic palette paints a deep experiential listen, full of strife and anguish. Though incredibly beautiful, NGR is also stunningly dark, and subtly horrifying.
The album is sometimes spastic, and rarely sits still long, even in the slower parts. And yet it all flows so well together.
I’m in awe of this album. It has grabbed me viscerally and thoroughly.
There is vibrant energy and a sense of immediacy to these tracks, probably due to the purpose of the composition.
Dynamic pacing, well thought out composition, a strong vocal performance, and earworm riffing all contribute to making this an album well worth hearing.
Through a kaleidoscopic filter of electronic doom and mayhem, he explores the dark side of life.
In Transmission is perhaps the most immediate album I’ve heard all year. I feel like I’m front row at a show and only years spent developing self control have saved my couch from being turned into kindling in a living room mosh session.
Only thirty-six minutes long, you still feel spent when the last note fades, such is the might of this album.
The reality is that it draws you into a trance with it’s droning rhythms, building tension and beauty slowly, Ghafur revealing more of this monster with each bile filled invective.
Don’t do drugs. Do Bataille, instead.
So what’s the verdict? Simply put, while it languishes a bit in some places (mostly the latter half of track 3 and track 4), Pelgrimsoord seems to take the sound of Bedenhuis and capitalize on it by inserting a handful of really cool extras.
I can count on any Sentient Ruin release to be well crafted, challenging in some way, and aesthetically interesting.
This entity is death metal in its purest form, angry and hungry, eager to feed.
Thrall of Winter’s Majesty represents a unique entry in its collection of work: it is not a representation of the future of RINGARË, but is purely conceptual in its form and a reflection of times long gone.