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.



Hypothermia – Svartkonst ALBUM REVIEW

I’m going to let ya’ll in on inside the mind of Electric Lizard here. One of the reason my reviews have gotten longer is because I’ve exercised my review muscles, sort of like how you’ll lift bigger and bigger weights, I write longer and longer reviews. The other however is because I’ve been taking notes while I listen to the album. My notes are typically about a third of the length of the actual review. So I’m going to give you an exclusive behind the scenes look at my notes for this album. Ready? Ok, here it goes.

“The drums are thin.”

That’s it. That is my entire notes for this album. This is not because I’m lazy or because I didn’t feel like writing anything. There just isn’t anything to write about this album. I often talk about how music is in stasis, and what I mean by that is that the music isn’t going anywhere, there’s no progression or flow, it just sort of jams on one area for the entire length. That’s what I feel about Svartkonst. Each song on the record just sits on one riff the entire time and then ends. There’s nothing to think or talk about, it’s just completely inoffensive in the lamest way possible. There’s not even any of the cheesy post metal chord progressions, it’s just… nothing. Like I’ve said this before, but that was before I really looked in depth in albums. I never actually thought I’d have to type this again. This isn’t even going to get a full review, I’m just going to give it a flat average rating and call it good.

Oh yeah and the drums are a little thin.


Ghost Bath – Moonlover ALBUM REVIEW

You ever have one of those albums you wish would just never end? Not necessarily because it’s the greatest album ever, but because it just feels so comfortable to listen to? There have only been two albums like that this year: Efferat’s Enlightenment, and this album. I could listen to the sequence from Beneath the Shade Tree to the end of the album for pretty much forever. But despite this, this album has not gotten as high an acclaim as one might think. There has been much controversy about this record. Initially hyped as a one man band from China, before people found out it was a 4 man band from North Dakota, this album has been labeled the SUNBATHER of this year, in that it’s not “true” black metal, and it only appeals to hipsters. Yeah, fuck those people. This isn’t hipster metal, this is beautiful metal, which is definitely not the impossibility that people say it is. Unlike many other black metal albums, which use acoustic guitars in a ritualistic “well, we need a soft section somewhere” way, this incorporates acoustic guitars fully into the albums sound, have two tracks that are almost entirely acoustic guitar. But that doesn’t make this any less metal, even with the scarcity of banging blast beats, or any kind of riffs. The metal part of this alum is in the feeling of despair throughout the entire album, though this isn’t despair in horror, it’s more despair in melancholy and sadness. And how well does it execute this? Near perfectly. There are no actual lyrics in this album, the vocals are purely screams, which to me makes perfect sense, as it’s just skipping the middle man (nobody cares about black metal lyrics) and going straight for what we want to hear. Not a bad thing. What IS a bad thing (and really the only bad thing in the album and why it doesn’t get a higher score) is that the over use of arpeggios and obvious (but not exactly TOO obvious, which is a saving grace) chord progressions that limit how much I can really enjoy this album, at least to an extent. Even with that said, I probably should give this a higher score, but I do feel that along with other minor problems, this albums short length (42 minute) lessens it’s seemingly epic scope. I feel like an extra 10 minutes tacked on the end would really wrap this up as a 9 or higher. Or even on the reverse, ending at The Silver Flower Part II would’ve given some finality to it, even if it would’ve been shorter. The end track didn’t really seem like a firm conclusion, and was more just a “oh yeah, and this is the end of the album” track.

Despite this, the album deserves all of the acclaim it does get, and anyone who’s too caught up in what’s “trve” or “authentic black metal” needs to get their head out of their ass and appreciate music for what it is instead of what you want it to be.


Ethereal Shroud – They Became the Falling Ash

I’m still not entirely sure what I think of this album. Usually when I’m done with an album, I have a pretty solid opinion about it and I know what I’m going to say, but here I’m sort of making it up as I go along. Let’s start with the basis then. This is a really atmospheric black metal album with some funeral elements into it (long, repetitive, march like tracks) that have this “epic” sound to them, mostly done through symphonic and ambient synths. However even though I feel like it’s supposed to be epic, I can’t really feel like I’m going on a journey. It’s more like I’m listening to more epic than usual background music. This is certainly not a bad album, but I can’t help but feel like I’m not getting what I’m supposed to be getting out of this. I feel like I should be in some awe or something, but really I’m just doing other things while the music just flies by like a breeze. Maybe it’s because of the repetitive, slow, slogging nature of the tracks that it feels like it really can’t be too epic even when it’s trying to be, but either way, I feel like I didn’t enjoy this as much as I should’ve. I settled on the rating because i initially gave it a 7 which I thought was too high, and then gave it a 6.5 which I thought was too low. I still don’t really know if I like this album or not, but I feel this rating is a good way to demonstrate that I believe it is above average, but I can’t quite give it that “good” level rating because I don’t actually know if it’s good or not. Maybe at some point a revisit will help.


Leviathan – Scar Sighted ALBUM REVIEW

This album engrosses you in it’s atmosphere. And it honestly feels nice. An environment of beauty of total chaos works well together. The only critique I really have is that the title track and Aphonos should have been swapped around. Scare Sight would have worked very well as a funeral march to the end of the album. Otherwise very solid.