Wild Hunt
Before The Plane Of Angles


3.0
good

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
July 4th, 2012 | 14 replies | 2,199 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Little game to hunt

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The year is 2012 and I feel as if black metal is slowly losing its game to the ever growing legion of hipsters and indie cesspools full of never-ending irrelevant information. What is it about black metal that fascinates these outside groups of “too cool for mainstream but I’m going to tippy-toe around the edge” people and they’re never ending pursuit to drag every genre of music into the depths of self-indulgent ***? I know this is the elitist coming out of me – even though I still believe in the thought of “if it sounds good, who cares what market it appeals to” – but at heart, I still contradict and sound like an elitist prick when I say “leave our damn music alone”. Upon first reading about Wild Hunt’s debut, I first thought about the cover art, the bands promo photo, and the album title and came to these conclusions: deceptively intelligent, hipster douche bags, and a geometrically stupid concept. You can see on this basis why I thought about self-indulgent morons posing as intellectual beings. Furthermore, sandwiching your debut album between two sixteen minute tracks can either mean you’re a pretentious turd or you’ve climbed the mountain to Opeth greatness (before they went Camel on our asses). Unfortunately, any thoughts of ripping this apart were quickly swept underneath the carpet while I was treated to a fairly decent take on modernized progressive black metal.

Mind you, I somewhat stand correct on the opening and closing tracks to Before The Plane Of Angles sounding like a bunch of cutting-room floor ideas mangled together to form the over-indulgent sixteen minute opuses. It’s not that the individual ideas of these two tracks sound half-assed but it’s the way these ideas flow into one another, making for a choppy ride that neither flows smoothly nor creates any sort of sustained atmosphere through black metals hand-chiselled monastery. The individual bits pieced together are well executed but feels more disjointed than anything else. At least on album capper “Plane of Angles“, they somewhat get the elongated epic right but fall victim to these wonderful ideas stretched too thin to conjure up sixteen minutes of interest. It’s not until the listener comes to the three middle tracks where the band gains a sense of focus with more direct songwriting. Even though the prog fans of both opening and closing tracks will disagree with me over blood and death shed, this is where the band finds its strength. “Panorama” begins with an excellent doom raddled melody before belting forth into the excellent Enslaved Ruun era riffs that melds progressive and black metal as if the two styles were originally a genre by itself. As the Mastodonian vocals and Enslaved riffs come to an end, the song gradually shifts into an ambient passage that wouldn’t fit out of place on a Wrath of the Weak album. The same can be said about the next song “Window to the Nether” but focuses more on the proggy/ post-metal traits with a black metal nuance and less about the heavier Enslaved elements. “Unravel the Veil...” is more of a bridge track that works well with the ambient side of things Wild Hunt do very well.

To hit the nail on the head further, Before The Plane Of Angles make legit use of other bands ideas and avoid the whole predetermined hipster judgement one might get when looking into this band from a review, biopic perspective.



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Wizard
July 4th 2012



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Been awhile.

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Wizard
July 4th 2012



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for negging this Riff.

scissorlocked
July 4th 2012



3509 Comments


anti-neg pos for you man!!

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2012



10056 Comments


Honestly, man, you could do without the first paragraph besides the key bits of its last sentence.

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Lunarfall
July 5th 2012



3179 Comments


Went ahead and listened to "Panorama" ...cool track, but i can see how something like this wouldn't be able to sustain for 16 minutes.

Good review.


Wizard
July 5th 2012



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Honestly, man, you could do without the first paragraph besides the key bits of its last sentence.

Nah, I feel it's relevant to where bm is going these days and how I misinterpreted this album as falling under this category.

And wow, troll negged from fucking fanboys.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2012



10056 Comments


Just trying to help but ok

Just saying, maybe there's a reason people are negging, a reason that doesn't have to do with being 'fucking fanboys'. Your review largely reads like a rant, and it's mostly because of your 'oh god, hipsters killing black metal and shit' intro paragraph.

Wizard
July 5th 2012



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fair enough and I appreciate it but I don't see it as a rant, more fact than anything else (ask anybody in any bm forum). At least I formulate a basis to my argument and I don't think the negs are because my review is poorly written, just people who I've probably pissed off in the past/ present around here. Do you really believe the 4 negs I've got for this are people who actually read the review?

Tyrael
July 8th 2012



20823 Comments


Good review Wiz even though your first paragraph is kinda hyperbolic

Wizard
July 8th 2012



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How is it hyperbolic? Do you mean exaggerated?

halloway
February 16th 2013



684 Comments


Just discovered this. Diggin' it.

TheManWithNoFace
March 13th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, the way it flows as a larger piece is magnificent, and it's full general good feelings and emotions.
Best listened to with a glass of absinthe and some fine herbs!

Willie
Moderator
November 15th 2013



15908 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

I can't exactly remember how this sounds anymore. Guess it was almost good ;) Nice to see you reviewing again.

Wizard
November 15th 2013



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hahahahahaha I reviewed this way back in July and go slack for it. Sounds like Enslaved at some points, sounds like some hipster bm throughout the rest.



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