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Review: Lurker of Chalice - Lurker of Chalice
Lurker of Chalice
Lurker of Chalice

Label: Southern Lord
Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 2005
Duration: 59:53
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: April 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (8 Votes)

This is an odd and rather obscure re-release of the only work from the uber-underground Lurker Of Chalice, which is apparently a side project of the dude from Leviathan. I'm not sure what the heck 'Lurker Of Chalice' is supposed to mean, and if this was a foreign act I wouldn't wonder, but this is a US band, so WTF? Might as well call it 'Mangler Of Grammar'.

As might be expected, this is not straight-up ultra-grimm Black Metal, but rather experimental, and not all that dissimilar to more atmospheric bands like Xasthur. There are more traditional, metallic songs like "Piercing Where They Might" and "Vortex Chalice", but also more moody and ethereal works like "Spectre As Valkyrie Is" or the creepy "Minions". In general, the album gets less focused and more atmospheric as it goes on, and on the whole, I think the disc could have been a lot shorter. But it does create a definite mood, and even though it drags in places, overall I find myself drawn into the dense, arcane landscape of this strange album. Worthy.

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