Krallice
Krallice


3.0
good

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
November 28th, 2008 | 43 replies | 13,705 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: mickie barr is an alien

His music might be extremely polarizing and hard-to-get-into, but you’re completely retarded if you’re trying to deny Mick Barr’s guitar virtuosity. Barr is the mastermind behind avant-metal groups Ocrilim and Orthrelm, both of which have divided curious listeners even on this very site. While those two projects range from extremely abstract to annoyingly repetitive, there was no denying that each were very experimental and thus challenging. However, considering Barr’s past work, it is indeed very surprising that this new six-track album--self-titled after the project, which is called Krallice--is so much less challenging. In fact, it’s the most straightforward album Barr has ever created. However, this newfound direction leads to disappointingly mixed results.

While albums such as Ocrilim’s Annwn featured fifteen minutes of straight repetitive soloing, Krallice features Barr using his talent to pound out some of the fastest and catchiest riffs that you may ever find on a black metal album. They also are some of the more unusual: riffs are complex and layered perfectly with other guitarist Colin Marston, and Barr’s guitarwork has more range than the usual black metal axe-wielder. It’s easy to find yourself getting lost in his riffs and solos--which are also particularly excellent, to note--like you would in a good ambient album. As far as everything else goes instrumentally, it’s all top-notch. Featuring members from like-minded bands such as Behold…The Arctopus and Astomatous, these other members provide an excellent backbone to Barr, offering up groovy basslines from Nick McMaster (real name) and thick, full drumming that sounds as if the band nicked a huge set from Rush or someone, provided by Lev Weinstein. The spectacular instrumental job is definitely aided by the meaty production, which allows everything to be cleanly heard and adds a sort of distant coldness to Krallice’s sound as well through alternating mechanical whines and a frozen icy atmosphere.

This frigid mechanical feel of Krallice starts to wear down quite a bit, though. The whole album feels as if it was made from inhuman hands; everything is so perfectly precise, blunt, and non-emotional that it sounds like the kind of “math-black-metal” that calculators would rock out to. Sixty-five minutes of this alien preciseness definitely becomes rather wearing. You also have the ridiculous concept: apparently Krallice concerns with emotional depth or some shit, it's not really important, as it's just pretentious crap that seems thrown in to increase the whole mystic artiness of this. The lyrics, while mostly unrecognizable and completely irrelevent, are as equally repetitive and up-their-own-ass. Another downside to Krallice is its ridiculous repetitiveness. Repetitiveness has always been something Barr’s records have had, and has even been something Barr’s aimed for. Krallice obviously isn’t aiming for a repetitive structure; as songs fluctuate and bend in ways similar to post-rock songs, only with a lot more METAL; but it curses the album anyways, with some riffs (like the opening one on “Forgiveness in Rot”, thank God that track ends in one of the most amazing riff progressions you’ll ever hear or it’d be nigh unlistenable) dragging on way longer than any human would ever want to listen to. Which begs the question: is this album even for humans? Is Barr actually connecting with alien listeners with Krallice? Or is Barr the alien, and is he trying to infect our brains with this lengthy listen? If my well-researched theory is correct, than he should think about trying to make something a little more reasonably listenable next time, to, you know, infect more stupid humans.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
joshuatree
Emeritus
November 28th 2008



3743 Comments


what is this

bastard
November 28th 2008



3435 Comments


man you've been quite the reviewing machine lately

good review.

rasputin
November 28th 2008



14517 Comments


I was planning on checking this out, probably still will. Nice review.

BallsToTheWall
November 28th 2008



44164 Comments


Glad to see this reviewed. Good job.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2008



17200 Comments


I like this. seein' em with High on Fire in a couple weeks (wooooo! free show)This Message Edited On 11.28.08

robin
Emeritus
November 29th 2008



4241 Comments


nice, now a 5 star one please

gbowles
December 2nd 2008



70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

first 3 songs and energy chasms pwn

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 2nd 2008



4940 Comments


what exactly is a krallice

any14doomsday
December 4th 2008



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I personally feel your rating was a too low. This is up there as an album of the year contender for me.

TricksterGRex
December 9th 2008



2087 Comments


This is really good, Mick Barr is badass.

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2008



6085 Comments


Album is sick.

Doppelganger
December 22nd 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album rules

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 22nd 2008



3743 Comments


album is a 3

bastard
December 22nd 2008



3435 Comments


shawty is a 3
ay
a 3
ay

TricksterGRex
December 22nd 2008



2087 Comments


Album is way fucking better than just good.

Doppelganger
December 29th 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

energy chasms is the shit

McP3000
December 29th 2008



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album cover sucks but i look forward to listening to this

TricksterGRex
December 29th 2008



2087 Comments


Outro to Wretched Wisdom is sick as shit too.

P13
January 1st 2009



1327 Comments


Wretched Wisdom is good enough to make me want to get this album

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2009



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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