It has been awhile since the last Technical Tuesday entry. I have been trying to focus on reviewing some of the 2012 releases I missed, some of which cause me to really be disappointed in myself (such as Gory Blister’s Earth-Sick). However, 2012 is past, and 2013 is now… as is winter. And, what is more wintry than black metal. Correct, NOTHING, not even snow. So, here, as a short break from technical death metal, this technician would like to explore some technical black metal.
Such older favorites that have gotten the technical black metal tag retrospectively include Mayhem, 1349, and Marduk, but a well-seasoned metalhead (as I imagine most TDM viewers are) probably knows these bands already. Hence, here are a few modern, or perhaps lesser known technical black metal albums to enjoy when that frigid blizzard sets in, especially if you live in an urban center and not the great frozen vastlands.
Imperial Triumphant maintains that whole grim and kvlt thing, but sort of in the orthodox /spiritual/ Deathspell Omega manner. I stumbled across Abominamentvm (2012, self-released) because it features members of experimental death metallers Pyrrhon (in my personal top 20 of 2011). The album, although less than 26 minutes long, is vitriolic and caustic, but also complex and intricate. It can be streamed at their Bandcamp page (http://imperialtriumphant.bandcamp.com/) or purchased for 7$ or more. Trust me, even though the running time isn’t long, Abominamentvm is well worth your money. In particular, “Devs Est Machina” is particularly wicked with its demonic chorus, riffs like sheets of ice, and frigidly precise drumming .
Well done gentlemen – any hopes for Pyrrhon full-length in 2013?
Drottnar’s self-described “Bunker Metal” was my first experience with the technical black metal label. They carry for the flag for it quite well on Welterwerk (2006, Endtime Productions), a slickly modern affair with fluidly integrated technical parts that remind me more of a death metal band. Where as Imperial Triumphant sounds very black metal, Drottnar’s bunker metal has a lot of the stops and starts and discordance more akin to Necrophagist or the like. I am reminded of a more technical and less industrial Dødheimsgard. “Ad Hoc Revolt” showcases this deathened avant-garde tech black, and serves as a nice transition from technical death metal to the slightly different world of technical black metal.
Krallice play some seriously weird and dense progressive/avant-garde experimental black metal with a whole lot of technical stuff going on. Years Past Matter (2012, self-released) is mesmerizing in its hypnotic and webbed intricacy, thereby giving credence to the need for a separate technical black metal tag as it sounds vastly different than the bludgeoning cudgel found on more militant technical death metal. The vocals are gruff, the sound is thick, and the production is clear, so even black metal naysayers can enjoy themselves some quality TBM in the form of Krallice. A good place to start is album opener “IIIIIII.”