|Review: Krallice - Krallice|
Label: Profound Lore Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 2.73/5 (54.67%) (15 Votes)
*Sigh*... this is just one of those albums I really wanted to like. Everyone who told me about it had nothing but great things to say about it. "It's like Weakling without the weird bits" said one friend. Comparisons to early Ulver and Wolves in the Throne room were mentioned by others. Needless to say, this was enough to pique my interest and I went ahead and bought the album. Pah! Letdown city.
Krallice is the side project of Colin Marston of Behold... The Arctopus (yes, that dude that plays that ridiculously oversized Warr guitar like a man possessed). I was aware of this fact before purchasing this album, but was assured that a certain level of 'trueness' of Black Metal was to be found on this album. To a degree it is, but not nearly as much as I'd have hoped. It even bares some resemblance to Weakling too I suppose, but only if you screw your ears up and hold your head underwater whilst listening to it. The main problem for me is that it strays too far outside of the realms of Black Metal into... well... crap. Don't get me wrong, they've hit the nail on the head when it comes to some riffs, blasting evilly with hypnotic resonance. However, some riffs just get so pompous and out there that they stray into the borders of tedium — bear in mind that the average track length is roughly ten minutes, so when the riffs don't do it for you, that makes it even harder to love. Also, the vocals are also a bit too 'screamo' for my liking, and the guitar tone is a bit too mellow and shimmering for what I think the guys in charge here were attempting. The main thing I'm not keen on though, is the distinct lack of feeling this album possesses — it just seems to meander and wallow for over and hour, and then it's done.
Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise when the majority of the band members are used to playing such technical, clinical music that I'm left somewhat cold after listening to this. For me, it just needs reigning in on some parts (yes, they even put some 'weedly weedly weeee' guitar leads in occasionally... what's that all about?!). Add to that a harsh injection of bitterness and hatred (or just... SOMETHING other than riffs and riffs with nothing else) and I'd be happy. Good in parts, but I just have problems sitting through it to get to those parts thanks to all the chaff.
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