The Pitch: Experimental blackened death from Australia, brought to you by the deranged minds behind Autokrator and N.K.V.D. FFO Abyssal, Malthusian
What I Like: Oh man, listen to those grimy guitars. Krucyator Productions continues to send me the good stuff, and I was just dying for more of that Portal-esque blackened death metal. It took all of a few seconds to decide that this was for me. I love how the drumming can seemingly shift at random from blastbeats, to puncuated strikes, to dissapearing completely for a bit of ambience. There's even a part on "Miserist" where just when you think it's over, the song seems to jumpstart itself back to life. The level of technicality that goes into both the beats and the guitars is just plain decadent. Mastery contorted from a gift to a curse. I feel like I am inside of Dorian Gray's painting; hearing the macabe converse of some lovely symphony he is playing on the other side.
What I Don't Like: There are more bands coming out in this style, but between taking it instrumental and adding a few surprises (see "Horror Infinitum"), they manage to forge a unique space for themselves.
The Verdict: More proof that you don't always need vocals to put your point across. Miserist have put together a strong and very creepy debut for us, and I can't wait to hear more. Pre-order now, hear it Monday (2/13).
Flight's Fav's: Miserist, Horror Infinitum, Lung Rust