Krallice
Krallice


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cracker Jack USER (5 Reviews)
October 11th, 2009 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Extreme Noise Terror Is Afraid Of Us

Listeners hear a buzzing, thin sounding guitar rush and ramble through the speakers along with shoddy snares colliding to form this hazy depressing aura with an angry, pain-drenched voice wailing about whatever satanic theme comes to mind. This is black metal as we usually know it. Now abandon that and think about this: Imagine these same evilly simplistic guitar lines, and instead, calculate them in a way that makes them sound driving, complicated, and most of all, technically proficient. Not to mention that, but instead of having production that is shoddy enough to give off the typical black metal an evil vibe, put on some production that lets the riveting and infectious guitar licks truly shine. This is what Mickie Barr’s re-invention of Black Metal is trying to do for us, on his side project Krallice, and ultimately it succeeds with flying colors.

At moments Mickie Barr cleverly makes reference to black metal gods and elders, like the vibes often incorporated by the maniacal Burzum on “Cnestorial”, and the slow, introductory war drums of “Timehusk”, a track slightly more in favor of typically sped and trigged drumming that usually runs amok Black Metal. However despite this some references to the past, like any good album trying to differentiate itself from the crowd, Mickie Barr makes this album his own being. Krallice blends Black Metal and Ambiance in a way that is both technically and texturally impressive. Krallice plays out like a post-rock record trying to be metal: so immense and atmospheric, allowing the listener to get lost in its ambiance, but still allowing room for serious rocking out and technicality and impressive playing.

The problem in all of this is the fact that, lyrically, Krallice is up its own ass. The album, like famous poet Fred Gold [1], tries shove in silly, pretentious one liners and call those song lyrics or poetry, and it just doesn’t work. Krallice would work slightly better as an instrumental band if only the vocals didn’t play such a big part as well. Along with ambient riff oceans, Krallice also creates intense, hard hitting, head banging moments which require harsh, at times obnoxious vocals. Mick Barr sounds like any Black metal singer A or B, but it fits the music incredibly well, the higher ranged shouting of his manages to complete this solid body of music perfectly.

Krallice is easy to describe in one sentence; razor sharp, hard hitting, and blatantly riff-centric black metal that manages to both submerge the listener like they were listening to the motions of the ocean, and bring in mathy, almost progressive riffing to the table and absolutely murder the listener with over-the-top guitar proficiency. Another black metal album? Not so! Color me impressed, Krallice is one of the more impressive black metal albums of the twenty first century.

[1]: http://www.poemhunter.com/fred-gold/


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Wizard
October 11th 2009


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sped and trigged

Triggered*

The problem in all of this is the fact that, lyrically, Krallice is up its own ***. The album, like famous poet Fred Gold [1], tries shove in silly, pretentious one liners and call those song lyrics or poetry, and it just doesn’t work.

This is an excellent point but since this is black metal, I think 'silly' and 'pretentious' are to be expected.

It was funny; the other night I was complaining on one of the neg' reviews for this album that someone needs to do a review with a better rating/ explanation as to why this is so fucking good. Thank you for answering my prayers hahahaha. Review was perfect.

Digging: Horseback and Locrian - New Dominions

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The cake is done, but i can not come over - Fred Gold

Wizard
October 11th 2009


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I heard these guys were more enjoyable than most of that elitist horseshit black metal (ie. Vordr) ; ).

charlesfishowitz
October 11th 2009


1794 Comments


love this band

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm just getting out of a hip hop phase and need more kvlt black metul.

charlesfishowitz
October 11th 2009


1794 Comments


i dont think there is anymore after krallice

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Viet Nam was my mentor. words make my veins run.

Wizard
October 11th 2009


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was jk i like their melodies and i like it when the guy is like all shred for a long time

I was also kidding as well : ). I really like Vordr actually (from what I've heard).

iranscam
October 11th 2009


469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album good review

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

danke good sir

Wizard
October 11th 2009


19647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ragez, were you another user on this site at one point?

HighandDriving
October 11th 2009


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Extreme Noise Terror Is Afraid Of Us


Why use an AxCx song title?

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why not?

rasputin
October 11th 2009


14555 Comments


krallice more like something crap ice

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i should come up with a clever and very witty response to your statement that has something to do with... your mother.

rasputin
October 11th 2009


14555 Comments


yeah you should

Eakflanderyof
October 12th 2009


2143 Comments


Eh, I think they're just another boring "third" wave black metal band trying too hard to be modern.



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