Friday, 24 September 2010


Colin Marston from Krallice (photo from Brooklyn Vegan)

This will be a regular feature where I rant about some albums that I've been listening to lately.

TWILIGHT - Monument To Time End

A black metal supergroup? Yeah, sure, why not? Looking at the resumes of the people who made this record (members of Nachtmystium, Isis, Minsk, Leviathan and more), that this is a seriously varied record is to be expected (see: post-punk disco breakdowns, ambient interludes, choral vocals), and it is underpinned by some seriously awesome drumming courtesy of Wrest from the band Leviathan. Twilight clearly went for an experimental approach when making the album, but the risk-taking works extremely well and some of the tunes on here are absolutely massive. Check out "8000 Years", which is pretty much a straight-up pop song (relatively speaking, of course)!

KRALLICE - Dimensional Bleedthrough

I discovered New York post-black metal band Krallice after finding an album by the band's guitarist Mick Barr, who records incredible solo guitar/monolithic trance induction as Ocrilim/Octis and the highly technical/spaz duo Orthrelm. Checking out his myspace, there was a link to the Krallice page, and lo, soon I was listening to some progged-out, complex, and brutally fast metal, definitely coming from the black metal tip, but it's a particularly unique take on the style, featuring intense shredding from Barr and Colin Marston (Dysrhythmia, Behold ... The Arctopus) so fast it becomes rippling textural and melodic passages moving through the music, and Mick Barr's emaciated and sparingly-used rasp is a far cry from the gurgling grimness of something like Immortal. Combined with math-y, tech (but not too tech, if you dig) drumming, both the albums Krallice have released are epic, focused and dense, deserving of repeated listens as the intricacies of the songs reveal themselves over time. Their latest, Dimensional Bleedthrough, is an expansion from the 2008 debut, no drastic stylistic changes have occured - the production is better and if anything, the songs are even more detailed and layered, particularly the 18 minute album closer "Monolith of Possession". Highly recommended!

Here's some live footage:


Norway's MAYHEM are recent vistors to these faraway shores - unfortunately I was unable to make it up to Auckland, but by all accounts it was an excellent show. Some awesome cat shot this video at the show of "Cursed In Eternity" from the album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.

Also check out this NZ TV interview with Necrobutcher and Attila Csihar - interesting how they talk about the press focusing on particular aspects of Mayhem's history (i.e. murder and suicide), then the actual news story goes on to do exactly that. Some things never change...