Pensées Nocturnes – À boire et à manger

My initial reaction to this album was of immense disgust and displeasure. There is such a thing as trying too hard to go for an aesthetic. I understand an album trying to sound french, but there’s a difference between sounding french, and shitting baguettes and snail guts while a mime silently sobs in the background. I could feel myself growing fatter and bitchier, my skin starting to glow pale white, and I had almost completed my full transformation into a high school goth girl while this album played. However as I listened, I began to realize that despite my initial objections, and despite my undying disdain for albums that try too hard to get a certain sound, I had to admit that this shit actually kinda works.

Sure, the saxophones, accordions, operatic female vocals, violins, bass, acoustic guitars, piano, circus samples and so forth was a lot to take in. At times too much. But I had to think, if I were to try to make french boutique black metal, could I really do any better? Objections to the concept aside, taking it for what it is, could it have been executed better? The answer I believe is an honest to god no. As deplorable as the Satie cover could’ve been, it’s probably the best black metal cover a Satie piece I will ever hear. In fact as much as it pains me to say it, that’s probably the best track on the album. Sure there’s the issue of 80% of the album being a variation on the same chord progression, but the kind of music it’s based on is not exactly variable in nature.

I can’t really say I loved this album, but taking it for what it’s worth, I feel like this is an interesting enough take on black metal, that’s done in a way that’s not quite obnoxious enough to be unbearable, and for that, I have to at least give it a seal of recommendation, if anything else for the fact that it’s a curiosity.


7.25/10

Kadotettu – Ihmisyyden viimeiset askeleet

Too much black metal honestly. When working as this blackened, surreal and somber funeral doom (though, more just very slow and depressive black metal) record, the artists intentions of creating a look into suicide and evil is realized in a fantastic way. I love the piano, I love the relaxed and cold guitars, and I feel like I’m getting a unique experience. There’s just too many blast beats. I feel like the middle two tracks are just sort of there, more as filler than anything else, and when it gets aggressive, it loses all of what makes the music so enjoyable. The vocals are also a bit subpar, trying just a tiny bit too hard to be harsh I think. The album is a bit uneventful, but when it works, it works well, and I can truly say it’s the only one of it’s kind I’ve listened to this year.


7/10

https://kadotettu.bandcamp.com/

Azaxul – The Fleshy Tomb

Really nice peice of atmoblack. I love how thin the production is, it gives this music a far out, wispy vibe, that at the same time doesn’t sound softer, or really stereo-typically “cold”. It’s sort of just ghostly, spectral even. It’s sort of a unique atmosphere that gives the music some flavor, even though the musical contents aren’t exactly anything new. I feel like it’s too long, especially since it lacks variety, however it was still very enjoyable for what it was.


7/10

http://misanthrophia-discos.blogspot.com/2014/10/misanthrophia-discos-releases.html

Inquisition – Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith

Honestly, immensely disappointing. Tracks 9-11 were great, but I felt the rest of the album was repetitive and uninspiring. The vocals aren’t shocking like the band is famous for, and the riff work was very inconsistent. You had riffs like on the title track, and then you had the entire first half of the album, which felt like one long background buzz of boredom. I feel like there was just no goal with the music, it was just sort of aimlessly hypnotic and dark, without actually succeeding in being either. To top it all off, the album is immensely long, clocking in at 57 minutes and 13 tracks. If this was around 40 minutes, I think I could handle this, but again, the entire first half feels like one extended track, disregarding the 3 pointless intro/outro tracks. I don’t mind repetitive black metal, but there has to be some sort of goal in mind when making music like that, and here I feel like it’s just trying to be aimlessly occult without any of the creativity needed to do so. This album is a large production attempting to dive into a low production theme, and fails as a result.


5.75/10

https://inquisitionbm.bandcamp.com/album/bloodshed-across-the-empyrean-altar-beyond-the-celestial-zenith

A Pregnant Light – Rocky

I understand the whole story behind this album, I get why it’s so sad and everything… but it just doesn’t do it for me. The voicemail at the end hit hard, but the actual music was only pretty good. Very repetitive, though I really did like the chords he used at times. The acoustic guitars were awesome, but I think that overall that this would’ve worked better as a 10 minute song, rather than a 21 minute EP. Decent, but not amazing.


6.5/10

https://apregnantlight.bandcamp.com/album/rocky

My Purest Heat For You – Guilt Had Ambushed Me Once Again

This EP is apparently about the artists struggle with anxiety. Generally speaking, my anxiety is not fulfilled in terms of repetitive, noisy blackgaze, but to each their own I suppose. The last track is the only thing even worth mentioning here, the first two are just total waste’s of time. Thankfully it’s the longest track on the EP, but the first two tracks are essentially copies of each other, and there are only 3 tracks on here. It’s kinda nice, but the shtick gets old fast, there are much better ways of spending your time than listening to this.


6/10

https://mypurestheartforyou.bandcamp.com/album/guilt-had-ambushed-me-once-again

מזמור [Mizmor] – Yodh

This album is like porn in musical form to me. It’s got the perfect combination of aggressive, somber, evil, and reflective content that I crave in every album I listen to but never get. They combine their influences near perfectly (although I can’t really agree that i hear drone metal in this), and the only reason this doesn’t get a higher score is that they didn’t do anything “extra” to really wow me. This is still an absolutely amazing album, if anything because they managed to make an hour long album not feel long in the slightest. Track 3 is a masterpiece. If you like blackened doom at all, this is a MUST listen.


9.25/10

https://mizmor.bandcamp.com/