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  • This is – even with just the Noisey stream – growing to be one of my favorites of the year so far.

    Also: did you notice the guitarist is from Svartidauði? Great stuff.

  • Reese Burns

    This sounds pretty fucking rad. I plan on picking this up for sure.

  • I’ve enjoyed this album several times lately. It’s definitely a grower, too. This may very well be the very first metal album to deserve the classification post-kaleidoscopic.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Nice review. The embedded track sounds like fairly standard BM, but, based on your descriptions, I look forward to the Noisey stream, which is up next. Your comment that “[i]t’s an album where lyrics are inconsequential and instead voices become instrumental and atmospheric” is pretty much how I feel about a lot of BM vocal work. Also, sometimes lyrics are best left unheard.

    The use of two different vocal styles always livens things up, as in Anaal Nathrakh, Lorna Shore, etc.

    • There have been plenty of bands where I read the lyrics and wished I hadn’t. Lyric writing is trending toward “lost art” territory.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        It must be a hard job writing lyrics. I assume most band members out there are musicians first and foremost, and skilled lyricists a distant second, if at all. You want powerful, emotive lyrics to match the dark intensity of your music, but usually you just end up with bad poetry.

        Then there are bands like Mgła (whose music I love). Their lyrics seem to take the “heap of broken images” approach — seeming to throw together disparate images and lines of thought in an effort to create some sort of atmospheric effect or mood devoid of much sense.

        I wonder about the degree to which some metal bands, especially BM bands, just write whatever, knowing that the listener can’t really make out the words anyway. Which seems to bring us back to Madam’s comment I referenced above.

        • [not a Dr]

          Skiwsgaar: Dudes, we would, like, have to sew him back together to get him to cook for us.
          Toki: Yeah, but we such screw-ups that he would be sewn back together wrong.
          Nathan: Whoa! That’s a good song title.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Cool cover art, cool review. The sample could be more varied musically but it sounds fantastic, production-wise. Reminds me of a slower, less frantic Mgla. At first I thought it sounded too crisp but I think that’s perfect for this type of stuff. I wish Deathspell Omega sounded like this (in the non-vinyl mixes).

    Probably checking this one out.

  • Thatguy

    Thanks for the well thought out review, Madam X. I like the embedded track and it and your review make me want to hear more.

  • El_Cuervo

    This sounds great. Thanks for the heads-up Madam!

  • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

    Best album cover so far this year.

    • brutal_sushi

      I want a print of it in my house. So fucking good.

      • Martin Roth

        Well, it is by Zbigniew Bielak (did also last PL, Mayhem), most of his artwork prints are available sooner or later at graphic-noise.com. Prepare to spend some serious bucks though…

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Maybe it’s the influence of the somewhat vulvic cover art, but the album title makes me think of “catheter”.

  • Blueberry Balls

    • sir_c

      What did you have?

    • Tom Hardy

      Maybe also have the guy on the left unicorned … so the guys in the middle are flanked by unicorns.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    Read “the man’s a beast, pure and simple” as “the man’s a breast, pure and simple” 5 times in a row, and had to re-read the entire paragraph 3 times to realise you hadn’t even written the word “breast” to begin with.

    Fantastic review as per usual! Album is sounding pretty great from what I am hearing, and album artwork is gorgeous!

  • Tom Hardy

    Waiting for my record to arrive and they had the album up for streaming last week. Hit all the right spots. Never been a fan of Mastodon, Isis and/or Pelican but I dig this and it’s a lot more BM than any of those bands are.

    Your favorite song on the album Madam would be?

    • Utopian Warfare or World I’d say.

  • Shangsean

    This sounds great. I listened to a few other tracks too. I’ll be grabbing this. It’s exactly the tone I like from my black metal. Best black metal album of the year so far and a video that doesn’t make me cringe. Who would have thought?

  • Antilight

    When i first saw the drummer in this video, I thought he was a dwarf.

    I’m really high right now…