Black Math Horseman
Wyllt


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
June 29th, 2009 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While you can find many influences from bands that have come before, BMH have really captured their own haunting sound on Wyllt. They channel a dark, psychedelic atmosphere that ranges from an eerie beauty to completely oppressive.


The name Wyllt comes from Welsh folklore, Myrddin Wyllt is a legendary figure and a proto-Merlin character. The mystic nature of the character and his story merges with the album’s atmosphere to create one of the most creative sounds heard this year. “Tyrant” opens up the album with the guitar mesmerizing the listener over the slow motion drum beat of a horseman riding. Isis instantly comes to mind during this song, using the soft/loud structure. The listener will soon become entranced by the beautiful, icy voice Sera Timms. Her vocals provide a chilling sense the something bad is about to happen or maybe already has.

The track “Deerslayer” really brings to mind Grail’s “Doomsayer’s Holiday”, as do a few others on the album. It’s mainly the wailing, drunken bluesy riff at the beginning that shows up later on in the song. The drums come in pummeling displaying the talent in that department but soon everything becomes calm again. The band really shows restraint but not to the point where it is boring. The world of sound crafted by the band brings to mind an experience of being surrounded by a cold mist, where foreboding yet enticing figures begin to form. The instruments are layered masterfully and work together to bring the listener into the majestic and starling album. Scott Reeder (Goatsnake, Kyuss) really seems to capture what the band was going for here.

While the lyrics are hard to make out, they seem to have some depth. The vocals are mainly there to hang in the background, almost like some ritualistic arcane chant. The guitar work is powerful where it counts and still intoxicates the listener during the more minimal passages of gloom. It can provide light in the darkened cavern of sound or create the unnerving shadows. “Bird of All Faiths and None/ Bell from Madrone” showcase what this band is about and also feature the heaviest parts of the album. The 11 minute epic comes to the crashing climax like a great storm.

For fans of darker psychedelic music, echoing post rock and crushing doom, Wyllt will easily find a place at your top albums for the year. The more times you experience this album, the deeper you get pulled in, especially when listening to it all the way through. The post-metal/rock genre has seen a large amount of attention in the past years and some bands choose to innovate, while others follow directly in their forefather’s footsteps. While I would hesitate to fully place BMH in that genre, they are definitely finding their own path in heavy, atmospheric music with Wyllt.



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BallsToTheWall
June 29th 2009


48053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Terrific review. I've been on a music binge lately and this, looks right up my alley. Will pursue now. Nice review sir.

Digging: K-Rino - Time Traveler

Bleekill
June 29th 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, I'm sure you will enjoy it. They seem to just be under the radar to many people, hopefully they will tour the east coast soon. Man, Tee Pee records has been getting some good bands lately.

BallsToTheWall
June 29th 2009


48053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I definitely hear some Neurosis. This is great so far.

BallsToTheWall
June 30th 2009


48053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously a great album. Needs more attention.

Bleekill
June 30th 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah hopefully it'll pick up some attention as the year goes on. AND THEY TOUR!

Willie
Moderator
July 1st 2009


17266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm sold. Nice review.

Digging: Samael - Hegemony

Relinquished
July 2nd 2009


36443 Comments


Will check it out soon. Heard Tyrant and I like the vocalist, so I think I'll get this.

TricksterGRex
July 2nd 2009


2087 Comments


Ok shit I need to hear this.

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2009


48053 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About time this picked up.

TricksterGRex
July 2nd 2009


2087 Comments


Two tracks in: fucking siqq so far.

TricksterGRex
July 3rd 2009


2087 Comments


This kinda deserves all the attention that faggy mediocre Anaal Nathrakh album is getting.

Relinquished
July 3rd 2009


36443 Comments


I kinda agree with ya

Bleekill
July 4th 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol, I haven't listened to the new Nathrakh all the way through yet but I liked "More of Fire Than Blood". Glad you guys are into Wyllt though.

lobby
September 4th 2009


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There is some real excitement on this album but it fades a bit. First few tracks rule...

Dryden
July 6th 2010


13555 Comments


whipe it clean then

ffs
May 18th 2011


5249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is kewl

alachlahol
May 18th 2011


7593 Comments


i trust bleekill's taste like i trusted my last bodyguard who pulled me from the path of a gas truck moments before impact

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
May 18th 2011


16202 Comments


Band name implies blackened viking math rock.

Tyrael
May 18th 2011


21026 Comments


Sounds awesome

Nikkolae
August 28th 2011


5180 Comments


thoroughly enjoyed this



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