|Review: Dalla Nebbia - Thy Pale Form|
|Thy Pale Form|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 4, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Thy Pale Form
Rated 4.43/5 (88.57%) (7 Votes)
This is an EP of somewhat experimental Black Metal-styled music aiming for something different and not quite hitting it. I was concerned, from a look at the cover, that this would be post-rock masquerading as BM (as so many indie BM acts are these days). But this is nicely guitar-centric and mostly evades the strummy bullshit so often seen in wannabe post-metal. Some of this sounds okay, but rather than the usual tremolo picking of chord patterns, this band goes for high-pitched tremolo notes that create a kind of bell-like sound carrying the melodies. It's different, but I found it rapidly became shrill and irritating, especially mixed as upfront as it is. The melodies are decent, but they are overstated and become tiresome. The vocals are flat and don't add much interest, and the keys are underused. The songs go on unaccountably long - far too long to be justified by anything in the songwriting - and eventually become dull and pointless. Track 3 goes more in for a post-rock kind of sound, with some moaning clean vocals and acoustic bullshit that is trying to imitate Agalloch, but at least it's a break from the jangly guitars on the rest of the EP.
Overall this is trying hard, but it's trying to do things that don't sound good or add to the songwriting. I found this hard to sit through, as it just kept dragging on without enough interest to sustain half that much running time. Dreary and often annoying, but not lacking in unrealized potential.
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