Krallice, Diotima, Profound Lore Records
The third album from NY black metal maestros Krallice DESTROYS. Mick Barr and Colin Marston are two of the most technically proficient and prolific modern guitarists around – for those not in-the-know, these dudes are also members of Dysrythmia, Behold…The Arctopus, Orthrelm, Ocrillim and Gorguts. If you’re familiar with U.S. black metal then you probably know what to expect here – relentless, marathon riffing, pummeling blast beat drums, howls and groans. Krallice sets itself apart amidst contemporaries in large part due to the chemistry between Barr and Marston; check out the seven minute mark of “Diotima” and you’ll see what I mean. These dudes are completely infallible, playing with speed and complexity rarely accomplished in modern metal. As a rhythm section, Lev Weinstein and bassist Nick McMaster also seem to have come into their own; they seem to have almost as much in common with jazz and free jazz musicians as they do with thrash, grind and metal timekeepers. Because of their mathematical and cerebral treatments, the band has a solid, growing fanbase outside of metal circles and touch a nerve with the noise, avant-garde and prog sets unavailable to other less accomplished and technical bands. Simply, Krallice have the bpm to break your back, and the unflinching skill to leave you thanking them for their brutality.
Recommended For Fans Of: Darkthrone, Wolves In The Throne Room, Weakling