Petrychor
Effigies and Epitaphs


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
July 7th, 2011 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another worthy addition to the USBM scene.

Nobody ever really thought of the American black metal scene as anything special. With other scenes in places such as Norway, Finland, Sweden, and other European countries taking the reigns, the Americans never really got too much credit and were always thought of as being mediocre. However, if you dig deep into the American black metal scene, you'll find that there are plenty of worthy bands that are coming out, especially in recent years. This band, Petrychor, and their debut full-length album, Effigies and Epitaphs, is a very good example of that. Petrychor is a one man band, with all instruments and vocals being handled by a man by the name of Tad Piecka.

Tad does a few different things on Effigies and Epitaphs and is pretty different than other bands in the USBM scene such as Leviathan, Ash Borer, or Fell Voices. Petrychor's music is essentially atmospheric black metal, which is similar to all of the aforementioned band, but also is a lot more than just that. There is also a very strong folk element to be brought to the table as well. A lot of the album is made up of fantastic acoustic guitar breaks and the first song, I Lift My Voice, is an entirely acoustic intro track. There is also a nice piano break a little over 4 minutes into the closing track, Beneath Highway and Street. These elements help bring in a breath of fresh air instead of just hearing blaring black metal in your ears for almost an hour. Then again, you get that as well. When the black metal parts come in, it's extremely fast and aggressive with a lot of pretty technical riffs and tremolo picking as well as plenty of blast beats and just all around fast drumming. Also, the album has a fuzzy type of production to provide plenty of atmosphere.

Vocally Tad isn't really anything all that special. You pretty much just get the standard semi high-pitched shriek that you hear from about 98 percent of all black metal vocalists. With that being said, if you like that kind of vocal style then you'll love Tad's vocals without a doubt. They're still very well done even if they're not the most unique thing in the world. One small issue about the vocals is the fact that they're not varied at all throughout the album. It's just one style. No cleans or anything like that will be found here. Like I said though, it's a small issue and if you're a fan of the genre already then that probably won't bother you at all.

Overall, Effigies and Epitaphs isn't anything overly unique or anything that is going to have your jaw dropping in amazement, but it's still a very, very good album. If you're already a fan of this genre then I'd definitely recommend giving this album a shot, and if you're not, then this probably won't do too much to change your mind unless you'd want to give it a listen or two for the folk elements that are provided.



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Hawks
July 7th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This came out a little shorter than I was expecting.

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Gmork89
July 7th 2011


5510 Comments


Good review dude, I'm going to have to check it out, never heard of this before. Pos'd.

Hawks
July 7th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I shall make those changes. Thanks.

Tyrael
July 7th 2011


20876 Comments


Nice review Hawks, will check this out.

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Hawks
July 7th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man. I'm sure you'd dig this.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


16137 Comments


Album is so boring.

Hawks
July 7th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awww man come on Angel lol. Maybe I'm just a sucker for the folk-y things.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


16137 Comments


The only good parts were the flamenco/classical guitar bits, but they were so sloppily integrated, it really didn't matter.

Hawks
July 7th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh I don't think they sound sloppy at all haha.

ctaxxxx
July 7th 2011


222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I liked Dryad more but this had some pretty good parts.

Hawks
July 7th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't heard Dryad yet. I should probably get on that soon.

ctaxxxx
July 7th 2011


222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, his music is free on his bandcamp. Site is the best thing that has happened to music.

Hawks
July 7th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I definitely gotta get on it.

AfterTheBreakdown
July 7th 2011


7139 Comments


I like the album art. Good Review as well pos'd.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


18475 Comments


The best part of this was the acoustics if i remember correctly.

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ShadowRemains
July 7th 2011


20730 Comments


Tad does a few different things on Effigies and Epitaphs and is pretty different than other bands in the USBM scene such as Leviathan, Ash Borer, or Fell Voices. Petrychor's music is essentially atmospheric black metal, which is similar to all of the aforementioned band, but also is a lot more than just that.


don't follow the first sentence of the paragraph with a contradiction

it basically reads: "it's different, oh nvm no it's not, oh it's different again."

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2011


16390 Comments


Never heard of these guys but it doesn't seem like this would be anything special. Might be wrong,
though.

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North0House2
July 7th 2011


5856 Comments


Tad Piecka is behind this thing, right?
He's also apart of Beware of Safety, a post-rock band.
Also, he has a solo acoustic/folk project under his own name, and an ambient solo project called Carbonscape.

Talented guy.

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Wizard
July 7th 2011


19403 Comments


Nobody ever really thought of the American black metal scene as anything special.

Not true at all. In fact, this is the total opposite. Might check this out.

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Hawks
July 8th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never heard of these guys but it doesn't seem like this would be anything special. Might be wrong,
though.

No it's nothing special at all. Still enjoyable though.



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