Krallice
Diotima


4.0
excellent

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
April 29th, 2011 | 128 replies | 16,282 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Get rid of the overabundance of tremolo riffs and I might consider this trvv bm.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

In my humble metal opinion, Mick Barr and Colin Marston can do no wrong when it comes to schooling you at your guitar. To give you a pedigree as to where these two key Krallice members come from, both guitar virtuosos histories stem from New York avant-garde metal bands (Marston from Behold…the Arctopus/ Dysrhythmia and Barr from Orthrelm/ Ocrilim). As for Krallice, the band has seen its fair share of praise from critics and fans with their self-titled and Dimensional Bleedthrough releases. On the flip side of the coin, the extremely nit-pick detail the band uses to construct their mini-epics has come with criticism too, often being compared to as nothing more than free-wheeling guitar doodlers who run entire songs along a non-linear path of A.D.D. riff meltdowns. Let’s face it, I doubt Krallice will ever cave to the likes of people who enjoy a standard measure to their riffage and tremolo guitar lines and Diotima is indeed just a natural extension to their two predecessor albums (Haters, this is your cue to stop reading). In fact, Diotima is probably going to push the boundaries further apart that consist of lovers like myself and haters on Sputnikmusic (zing!).

Upping the need to balance song structures with schizophrenic noodling once again, Krallice have indeed created a marvelling display of how to do experimental black metal. Fans of Krallice and Dimensional Bleedthrough will be pleasantly surprised at how Krallice have stepped up tremendously as actual songwriters and musicians who take full control of their decimating instrumental surges. Following closely to the same template laid out on their self-titled (2008), Krallice have tensed up on all fronts allowing for more trance-inducing moments that simply hold tight to single notes of droning bliss. However, stepping into this thinking that Krallice’s mastery of wanky tremolo lines have left them, you will be gravely mistaken. Even though the wank doesn’t dominate a majority of the album, they rather fell more thought-out and harmonized to the idea of where the song is going; not purposefully trying to lead the song in an awkward direction. This still doesn’t excuse the fact that the wanky tremolo lines don’t spring forth from nowhere, they’re just less prevalent. Remember those cyclical patterns from Krallice’s album ender ‘Forgiveness in Rot’? They simply litter this album in every nook and cranny. Given more spins over time, they will begin to pop out at the listener more-so, creating bridges of psychedelic haven to those who enjoy the pleasure of being taken on a musical journey instead of being confined within the depths of predictable song-writing. Another trait that has been running through Krallice’s discography that I believe they’ve perfected on Diotima is their love for old school, lo-fi, trebly black metal. Pop on “Litany of Regrets” for a rather bouncy production standard that could have easily been lifted off an early 90s black metal record – except Krallice tips their hat at this rather than a simple mimic.

Other than comparing Diotima to their previous two albums, Diotima is a natural extension from where Krallice left off; tighter song-writing and more focus to harmonizing their tremolo riffing free-for-alls into a more cohesive song structure. Let the haters be warned; Dweedly-Dee, Dweedly-Doo is not to be scorned.



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Wizard
April 29th 2011



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh shit, I'm the only one who loves this. Fuck I hate my life.

Digging: Downer - Downer

BallsToTheWall
April 29th 2011



44164 Comments


these are some goofy lookin dudes. good review, dont really listen to this band.

WashboardSuds
April 29th 2011



4990 Comments


good review man, pos'd

Thanntos
April 29th 2011



318 Comments


Krallice has always been super mediocre. I have yet to give this a listen but I heard one song a while ago and loved it.

Digging: Prawn - Kingfisher

Wizard
April 29th 2011



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mediocre? At what? They've always been over the top.

Thanks for the comments, now awaiting Kyle to bring his army of hatred into this thread.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Band/album sucks. I hate Mick Barr's compositions. The guy is a talented guitar player but I cannot stand his style.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

now awaiting Kyle to bring his army of hatred into this thread.

Nice edit, and just in time ;)

MO
April 29th 2011



18451 Comments


Could never get into these guys. Gave them a couple shots, nothin' doin'.

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011



18244 Comments


Ehhh, i really liked their first two albums, but their wanky style just doesn't hold up over 3 whole records. This is pretty much a carbon copy of their other work. They needed something different.

Digging: Syndrone - Salmataxia

Wizard
April 29th 2011



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kyle, why can't we just .....get along?

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2011



8779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alright alright I'll try this again :]

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kyle, why can't we just .....get along?

Haha I know man, we've been polarized on several albums lately but this.......this..... just no way.

PaleCompanion
April 29th 2011



154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty great album and their best to date IMO. Every track is killer.

Wizard
April 29th 2011



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I understand completely why you don't like this ; ).

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011



18244 Comments


Lol

Wizard
April 29th 2011



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh shit, they have another album out. Can't wait to hear it.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011



18244 Comments


Yea

Tyrael
April 29th 2011



20798 Comments


Great review man, I need to hear this. Also, great summary.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2011



17204 Comments


don't worry wiz, i got your back!

Wizard
April 29th 2011



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Adam : ).

These guys are just far more interesting than most of the bm coming out these days and they have a sound all their own.



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