Krallice
Years Past Matter


1.5
very poor

Review

by hyperi0n STAFF
August 27th, 2012 | 238 replies | 16,148 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: cosmic trems of dick

The universe is infinite. Apparently so is Mick Barr's ability to play the same riffs in any given Krallice album. Since 2008, when the first self titled effort came out, Mick Barr's Krallice has been releasing a relatively quick succession of variations on how to tremolo pick your way into oblivion. His first self titled release under the moniker was neither a threatening album nor a particularly good one, but it showcased Barr's supposed guitar virtuosity fused into a backdrop of a vaguely recognizable black metal aesthetic. This set the basis for Krallice's sound, which at the beginning was rather unique if nothing else. Krallice's second album, Dimensional Bleedthrough, consisted of the same basic principles with a slightly lighter approach than the self-titled debut. However, other than a slightly less dark tone, Dimensional Bleedthrough saw almost no musical development. The same basic idea that ran through the previous album was also present in this second release. Then came Diotima, Krallice's third effort and the release that solidified the fact that Mick Barr had completely run out of ideas (if you assume he had more than one to begin with). Diotima was a complete rehash of all the waters that had already been tread with both of the previous efforts. There was no reason to listen to that record when the two previous efforts did the exact same thing, and arguably better.

It seems that now Krallice have decided it is time to unleash a fourth hour long installment in the "how to rip off your own idea" series they've been building since 2008. Almost surprisingly, Years Past Matter yet again showcases a complete lack of progression from the initial idea that catalyzed the creation of this band. Everything is exactly the same. The production sounds identical to the past three albums, Mick Barr still wails about god knows what over a seemingly never ending array of tremolo leads handpicked directly from the bands back catalogue, and the ideas and motifs presented are just about as close to a carbon copy of everything else this band has done as you can possibly get. There is nothing present on Years Past Matter that warrants it even being created in the first place. It quite literally already exists, and in several other instances. As impossible as it is for you to steal from yourself, with this fourth installment into Krallice's discography Mick Barr has probably come as close as any human ever will to actually accomplishing this feat.

At this point it's not even a question of rehashing ideas, it has become a full fledged, purposeful reproduction of past efforts. It's as if someone took the Lord of the Rings and renamed it The Lord of the Necklaces and simply went through the book replacing every instance of the word "ring" with "necklace". With their first effort, Krallice had a distinct, personal style (of questionable quality) if nothing else. While it is certainly no transgression for a band to sound like themselves, this does not give them free reign to write an exact reproduction of an album over and over, watering down their sound until no inkling of substance remains. Krallice have succeeded in eroding what small inkling of substance they had with their initial releases into merely a bland, boring, overlong, bloated copy of previous works. There is not a single part of this album that stands on its own as a piece of music worth recognizing. It has been done before, three times to be exact, and was done better. Whatever planet Mick Barr's species is from certainly wasn't the land of creativity. Maybe someone should beam him up a few new ideas?



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012



18315 Comments


heres the stream if you actually want to kill yourself: http://krallice.bandcamp.com/

comments and suggestions always welcome and if you disagree feel free to neg!

Digging: Shed - Shot Selection

Tyrael
August 27th 2012



20824 Comments


wow

KILL
August 27th 2012



71454 Comments


1. IIIIIII
2. IIIIIIII
3. IIIIIIIII
4. IIIIIIIIII
5. IIIIIIIIIII
6. IIIIIIIIIIII

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012



18315 Comments


1. 8IIIIIIID
2. 8IIIIIIIID
3. 8IIIIIIIIID
4. 8IIIIIIIIIID
5. 8IIIIIIIIIIID
6. 8IIIIIIIIIIIID

Tyrael
August 27th 2012



20824 Comments


This set the basis for Krallice's sound, which at the beginning was rather unique if nothing else.


With their first effort, Krallice had a distinct, personal style (of questionable quality) if nothing
else.


Who's rehashing now? :]

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012



18315 Comments


yeah, that paragraph wouldnt have made sense had i not restated that idea

KILL
August 27th 2012



71454 Comments


feature this

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012



18315 Comments


darn i wish sowing could feature reviews!

Tyrael
August 27th 2012



20824 Comments


Not saying it's bad or anything it just jumped out :]

I am inclined to pos this as your writing is pretty good and I am sure you are voicing the opinion of quite a few people here in a respectable manner but oh dear man... That summary is childish and just plain stupid. It undermines your whole work and makes it quite hard for me to take you seriously. If you're hoping to get this featured or something you might want to think about replacing it.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2012



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The universe is infinite. Apparently so is Mick Barr's ability to play the same riffs in any given Krallice album.


i've never understood this criticism for krallice at all, nor do i even find it samey like others seem to

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012



18315 Comments


i got home from classes and reviewed this in literally 15 min, and the summary is my fav part

if their gets featured great if not oh well i will not surrender my personal integrity for
recognition!



fuckthatnoise
August 27th 2012



1479 Comments


gonna check this out soon. pretty interested.

KILL
August 27th 2012



71454 Comments


band is really boring!!!!!!!!!!!

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2012



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Everything is exactly the same. The production sounds identical to the past three albums


that just isn't even true, the production on dimensional bleedthrough is almost the polar opposite of what we have here

you didn't even mention a lot of the changes that krallice made on this album either, like the abandoning of slower sections, utilization of clean guitar, synths, the change in atmosphere

were you even listening? i mean it's a well written review but i just can't understand your conclusion outside of "i gave it a half-assed listen and this is what i thought"

Tyrael
August 27th 2012



20824 Comments


He really just wanted to write a review with an immature summary I guess

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012



18315 Comments


were you even listening? i mean it's a well written review but i just can't understand your
conclusion outside of "i gave it a half-assed listen and this is what i thought"


weve had this discussion before and your basis for critique is "i disagree with you this is how the
album actually was you are wrong".

until you can come up with something more substantial than that i dont think ill pay any atttention

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 27th 2012



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

that's just untrue and you know it, you claim there are no changes and there are changes, you just choose not to mention them or take notice

i mean like fine, whatever, your prerogative but your dislike for this record seems almost completely intentional

KILL
August 27th 2012



71454 Comments


where are the :]s????????????????????????????????

chambered49
August 27th 2012



1727 Comments


132344/5

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2012



16310 Comments


omg yes ily matt

as the ages pass the cosmic bleep bloop still resonates throughout the universe



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