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Krallice – “Diotima” Review

Krallice - "Diotima"

Kralice – “Diotima” (Profound Lore Records, 2011)

These days many bands squawk and rave that they are influenced by Black Metal. The influence usually comes in two forms — either as slavish imitation that results in mind numbing and useless generic blackened metal or bands include a blast beat or two and some constipated, “spectral” vocals because our sub-genre carries some cache of coolness right now (I can’t believe I just typed those words). In other words, few aggregations use Black Metal to build something new and uniquely their own. Krallice, a Brooklyn-based super group, is one of the exceptions. Their new album, “Diotima,” takes the blueprint laid down by Darkthrone and other early 1990s Norwegian Black Metal groups and builds something distinctive, exciting and skull crushing.

What sets Krallice and “Diotima,” their third album, apart from the legions of uninspired Black Metal practitioners? It bludgeons the listener – something that very few Black Metal-influenced records do. What makes it so heavy? Krallice’s dense, intricate and savage sound. The term “wall of sound” is overused but it fits perfectly for the album’s interweaving of tremolo-picked guitar and blast beat drumming. The result is a disc that is as relentless and intense as the Swans or Einsturzende Neubauten even though Krallice isn’t a noise band. Don’t think Black Metal can hammer you? Check out “The Clearing”:

Krallice – “The Clearing”


I wasn’t lying, right? It is unrelentingly urgent; Krallice doesn’t give you a chance to catch your breath. Krallice and “Diotima” challenge you to wake up from the comfortable stupor of your everyday fugue and break shit. Grab it when it comes out on April 26th.

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