ARTS
Vault of Heaven


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brandon Scott USER (101 Reviews)
December 24th, 2010 | 39 replies | 7,243 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: dark and disgusting

Whether you can appreciate his often convoluted black noise/hardcore hybrid bands or not, one thing nobody can deny about Mark Mckoy is the passion he has for his work. Born in 1975, this Illinois music mogul has certainly been around the block a few times; starting his career in music as a member of legendary powerviolence unit Charles Bronson, Mark Mckoy has not only been involved in literally of dozens of other successful projects ranging from black metal to noise to thrashcore, but his label Youth Attack! is easily one of the best in American when it comes to the black metal/hardcore/powerviolence etc... underground. Although on hold since their first and only 2005 demo release, Mark Mckoy once again has resurrected Arts, a black metal project whose 2010 opus Vault of Heaven not only matches the heinous intensity of their band's earlier work, but often times surpasses it as well.

Losing none of the aggresive potency of their demo, Vault of Heaven shows Mckoy introducing a sense of refinement to his blackened mass of chaotic metal, giving Arts an unmistakable sound all of their own. Fast, precise yet dripping with raw black metal's misanthropic filth, Mckoy's penchant for off-kilter riffs has never sounded so good, especially in songs such as "O.O.O" and "Nex Escendo Caelv" where walls of pummeling punk meets black metal guitar lines clash with the Youth Attack! owners vile rasp and absolutely chaotic assault of percussion. Of course punk and hardcore take a huge part in songs of Arts; traces of Mckoy's first love can be found around almost every of Vault of Heaven although now their already battering traits have adopted the malice of black metal, an abrasive yet unabashedly successful combination that gives songs such like "Perfumed Saturnine Angel" that extra dose of ferocity, while still keeping the fresh, exciting and daresay perversely catchy.

Containing eleven songs though only lasting twenty three minutes, Vault of Heaven goes down fast, but in no way goes down easy; full of unconventional song structures, barrages of primitively charged power chord riffs and enough blast beats to keep you satisfied for weeks, Arts has ironically made raw black metal an art-form albeit an abstract one at that.



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TheSpirit
December 24th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

A short review for a short album

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

vanderb0b
December 24th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't read any of your reviews in ages, nice to see a new one. Great job

TheSpirit
December 24th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thank you!!

cvlts
December 24th 2010



8954 Comments


sounds dark and disgusting.

TheSpirit
December 24th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That will be my summary Dante thank you

Bitchfork
December 25th 2010



7584 Comments


I remember visiting some blog where the .rar form of this was over 300 MBs. I was like, what the fuck happened?

Dryden
December 25th 2010



12928 Comments


arts is awesome

TheSpirit
December 25th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

300mbs that's ridiculous

Bitchfork
December 25th 2010



7584 Comments


obviously.

Relinquished
December 25th 2010



24428 Comments


waaaay over 320 kbps

cvlts
December 25th 2010



8954 Comments


OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!1111

Bitchfork
December 25th 2010



7584 Comments


it was in 120 i was wondering if they slowed it down by 800x with paulstretch or whatever the fuck that program is called.

TheSpirit
December 25th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Paulstreched your mom

Grimlin
December 25th 2010



833 Comments


good album. packaging for the vinyl is ace.

vanderb0b
December 25th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to a few songs off this, it's every bit as disgusting as the review makes it out to be. Good stuff.

TheSpirit
December 25th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Glad you're enjoying vander!!!

ikarus
December 25th 2010



560 Comments


powerviolencecore

TheSpirit
December 25th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The best

Bitchfork
December 25th 2010



7584 Comments


but come on now sump>arts

TheSpirit
December 25th 2010



17154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

who cares nobody is comparing them Austin they both are good



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