Krallice
Dimensional Bleedthrough


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (84 Reviews)
November 28th, 2009 | 88 replies | 15,450 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inter-dimensional black metal.

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

Mick Barr is coming back down to earth, constructing his most accessible work as a guitarist with his self-titled album Krallice in 2008 and progressing even further as an artist in terms of songwriting with his sophomore follow up Dimensional Bleedthrough. It’s not that Barr has strayed too far from his Krallice template that has solidified him as one of the most forward thinking black metal artists; look closer and you will find that Dimensional Bleedthrough actually focuses more on song structures with plenty of psychedelic guitar riff patterns rather than just turning up the amps and blasting away tremolo picked guitar lines that seem to have a mind of their own and meander in all different directions.

Formula is a word I hate to use to describe any part of Krallice because this is black metal that has never been done before, period. Dimensional Bleedthrough is actually the next logical step in Krallice’s bag of black metal tricks. Not exactly refining what he had already created with his psychedelic black metal journey on Krallice, Dimensional… utilizes the same methods while finding a cozy little niche, inter-dimensionally placed between modern black metal and avant-garde excursions. The most notable difference on here is the abundant use of actual power chords, which were rarely ever used to create a rhythm backbone to their self-titled. Using these structured power chords, especially on songs such as “Autochthon” and “Aridity”, the songs themselves sound much more focused and yet allow Mick Barr to race up and down on the fret board with his wildly exhausting tremolo picked guitar lines. One other thing that the use of minor key power chords also adds is the element of darkness that contrasts well with his upbeat (by black metal standards, this is upbeat) progression. This isn’t the case for every single song on the album, but it sure does help out with the bands case against some of the backlashers who claimed that Krallice had no song structure and were pretentious as ***. But unfortunately, this isn’t really going to cool any nay-sayers on the one note, who will surely have plenty to nit-pick at when they realize that those noodley guitar lines are still up front and command most of the direction in the music.

Comparisons aside, Dimensional.. contains seven tracks that will surely take the listener multiple hours of digestion to even begin figuring out where the hell one good part is from another. These are all mini-epic journeys in themselves and one could even listen to a song or two at a time for something rewarding in modern black metal. The amount of detail that goes into creating monotonously intricate music like this takes time. Creating shifty, rhythmic guitar riffs, circulating into psychedelic patterns that are seamlessly integrated into these detailed songs (not so much “Untitled” which is an exercise in atmospheric dissonance) could kill a musician in his creative stance. A good example of this can be found throughout the last half of “Aridity”, which most listeners will probably not pick up on until the fourth or fifth listen through. That’s a particularly easy one to find when trying to figure out where the hell the juggernaut of a song “Monolith Of Possession” is taking you next. Who really cares though, the song flat-out puts me in awe with its textural nuances and mind blowing guitar work.

Listening to this as whole is a fully rewarding experience and only if you’ve given this multiple experiences. Each track will eventually open itself up to more depth if the listener enjoys the challenge of elongated, inter-dimensional black metal mini-epics. With top notch musicianship, much like what we got on Krallice, Barr takes Krallice to a somewhat new level showing actual song writing and a denser sound through the use of power chords. Black metal done with a unique flair; it might just take the top spot for best BM album of 2009.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Wizard
November 28th 2009



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In before this album gets devsoled!!!! hahahaha

Had this album for a while now, gets better with each listen. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Hope you guys are enjoying this as much as myself.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

SCREAM!
November 28th 2009



9964 Comments


Very nice review. This sounds better than his S/t but not enough for me to really want to look into it, sorry :P

on until the forth or fifth listen through.
TYPO ALERT

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

hydeyomoney
November 28th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is their debut repeated. I liked their debut so i gave this a slightly lower rating, but if they do it again, it could spell doom for this project.

Pretty cool review tho.

Wizard
November 28th 2009



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you friends. Thanks for the typo alert Scream, getting right on that.

hydeyomoney
November 28th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this review has inspired me to re-listen to the album tho, see if i find anything new.

Wizard
November 28th 2009



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've given this about eight run throughs now and I'm still trying to figure out a bunch of stuff that's happening. Glad my review has some affect on people hahaha.

Relinquished
November 28th 2009



24407 Comments


Should I give this a try, or not?

Zoo
November 28th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Awesome review, but this is boring as all hell.

Wizard
November 28th 2009



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Should I give this a try, or not?

The rating on the review should indicate that ; ).

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2009



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This band is awful. Nice review though Karl, but after a couple listens I hate this.

Wizard
November 28th 2009



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is awful Crysis. Whoever wrote this should be hung by his balls.

qwe3
November 28th 2009



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

ugh i dont wanna listen to this but i prob will...the last album was soo bad

good review though dude as usual

hydeyomoney
November 28th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wizard you're right, this does take a growin on you. I mean i don't think i'll ever like it as much as you do, but for right now, i like it plenty.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2009



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0


This band is awful Crysis. Whoever wrote this should be hung by his balls.

Agreed ;)

Relinquished
November 29th 2009



24407 Comments


Will listen soon, though everyone else is dissuading me.

jingledeath
November 29th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was going to avoid this but I guess I'm going to check it out now.

rasputin
November 29th 2009



14516 Comments


good review, terrible band though. i'm not going to bother with this at all. from what i've seen, most fans of the s/t aren't too happy with this.

Wizard
November 29th 2009



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

go into a journey ov wanky wonkery

Not even close my friend ; ).

from what i've seen, most fans of the s/t aren't too happy with this.

I really don't understand this. I mean, this is Krallice and then some. Do you know how much stuff you need to dig through on this album to even begin to appreciate it? There is way too much going on to just pass this off after a listen or two and I feel this is what older fans are doing. Sure, you might be used to the sound of their first album, but this is somewhat a new ballgame. I know for a fact you would hate this rasputin. Thanks for the kind words and thank you to the other fine people for their compliments.


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2009



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've heard that fans of the older album like how much "darker" the S/T is... it's kind of a dumb reason but a few websites were saying that. I just can't get past how drawn-out a lot of these songs are. If they shortened them this album would be better.

Wizard
November 29th 2009



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has the same affect on me as some post metal albums do. The drawn out passages are fucking epic when they crescendo. As for their s/t being darker, I would say this is bit darker in terms of their chord choices, vocal styles, and the drawn out parts where Barr uses far more dissonance to create an atmosphere. I found their s/t to be a bit "Happy-Happy-Joy-Joy" throughout most of it.



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