In the case of Cult Burial’s Reverie of the Malignant, it is clear that they do not struggle to find a footing within these seemingly disparate styles. They thrive in the liminal space between them.
Magelight is an embrace of gentle magic.
Prognan’s “Naši životi više ne postoje” delivers a fantastic mixture of harrowing wartorn black metal with cinematic folky grandeur.
Ghafur channels his inner prog and gives us a single more reminiscent of Voivod than anything else.
Drenched in bloody violence, with horror infused pain dripping from musical wounds, Let Us Pray is a tour de force of emotional riffs, attacking rhythms, unsettling dynamics, and terrifying vocal delivery.
…the band I most think of in comparison to Barrel Bones is one of my favorites, namely The Gaslight Anthem.
The first three songs wrap together like fingers into a fist to strike with thought-provoking potency. If they were a single, it should have been nominated for a Juno or a Pulitzer.
If I were to have more children (I’m not), bits of the album would probably be embedded in their DNA.