The Pitch: Biesy ("fiends") off of Third Eye Temple is the new black/death metal project out of Poland supported by members of Outre and Odraza. FFO Schammasch, Outre, Ulsect
What I Like: Some black metal albums burst forth from the abyss like a flurry of razor-wielding harpies, others rise slowly as an omnious, swelling fog: Noc Lekkich Obyczajów is of the latter. "Każdego Dnia" makes this apparent from the outset with a track that is equal parts Triangle and Ghost Chants. Stawrogin's vocals continue to provide a sense of ritualistic drama on top of the usual harsh display of grimness. He is a standout performer in the modern genre, and his contributions add plenty to the album as a whole.
But he's not alone in his talents either. This overall slow burn of a record maintains much of its intrigue via the shifting fabric of PR's guitarwork and MP's drumming. Though not as consistently technical in nature, the abrupt eruptions of blastbeats and dissonant chord structures draw parallels to Ulcerate. I'm also reminded once more of The Shining: a film that structurally relies on lengthy development of nail-biting tension punctuated by just a few well-timed climaxes of the macabre.
Critiques: While subsequent listens have led me to better identify and appreciate the dynamics of this record, it does feel like we are building to a final resolution that never quite comes. But then again, maybe that's the point.
The Verdict: A powerful blackened death metal outing aided by 3 strong performers and changing pacing. While my instincts yearn for a more powerful release to cap it all off, I suppose it is life's disappointments that can make existence so grim. Get it tomorrow from Third Eye Temple.
Flight's Fav's: Każdego Dnia, Powroty, Noc Lekkich Obyczajów
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