Nov. 5, 2018


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The Pitch: AOP Records presents the "hauntingly atmospheric and multi-dimensional" new EP from Austrian black metal projet Anomalie. FFO: Outre, Blaze Of Perdition, Ascension

What I Like: "Dramatic" seems to be a key descriptor when it comes to Anomalie, particularly when it comes to Marrok's vocals. His very theatrical delivery gives the album a sort of black metal musical vibe. The dynamics and pacing are pretty strong, often breaking for a little acoustic guitar, monklike chanting, or piano amidst the tyranny of mournful, blackened riffs and commanding drums. Songs also achieve a nice balance between atmosphere and pure aggression. I can bang my head and drift through dark imagery in pretty equal measure.

Critiques: There are a few places where the vocals actually end up detracting from the overall experience. I'm particularly thinking of the monosyllabic melodrama that comprises the last minute or so of "Aurora," which to be frank was pretty cringe-inducing. The production and overall songwriting could also use an upgrade. Nothing really leapt out at me as particulalry fresh or gripping.

The Verdict: Anomalie possess some interesting ideas worth building on, and Integra serves as a nice showcase of them all. There's definitely room for growth, but with the right support I see this project going places.

Flight's Fav's: Aurora, Temples

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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