Krallice
Years Past Matter


4.0
excellent

Review

by rmill3r USER (26 Reviews)
August 30th, 2012 | 44 replies | 2,931 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Krallice's first self-released album is a testament to the kind of power they can achieve on their own standards, rules and merits.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

When a band breaks away from a label and pursues their own self-released music, there's usually one of a couple different ways it can go: One, everyone realizes that they've been listening to a label's "product" this whole time and didn't even know it, or two, the band gives us a glimpse of what it's like for musicians to work completely within their own bounds and rules. I'd like to think that with Krallice's Years Past Matter it's by and large the second case.

Since Krallice's 2008 self-titled debut, to last year's Diotoma, they've been riding with Profound Lore rigorously and methodically, releasing a brand new album yearly. Profound Lore doesn't exactly come off as a particularly controlling label, though. In fact, if I were to guess, I'd say their DIY mentality most likely gave them much more freedom than most other metal-based record labels. Still . . . there's nothing more "free" than doing it completely on your own, and that's exactly what this Brooklyn-bred progressive black metal band has done with Years Past Matter, and I would venture to say that they've rarely sounded more in tune with each other.

The first track, "IIIIIII," begins with droning vocals that could easily be mistaken for for the sound of wind before an ascending tone suddenly crashes in on itself and becomes a stream of machine-gun blast beats---courtesy Lev Weinstein's infinitely energetic drumming---and a searing rip of tremolo picking from vocalist/guitarist Mick Barr and guitarist Colin Marston. As if locked in a duel, Barr and Marston continually battle each other on track after track with impossibly fast picking, like they're testing each other's limits before the drums and bass conjoin them again.

Sometimes, Krallice's riffs become repetitive---never to the point where it bothers me personally, but their invasive wall of sound is like a rupturous space shuttle launch. A spectacle in and of itself, the bombardment of noise is simply towering and often overwhelming. Luckily, these guys know how to space themselves out once in a while, such as on the end of "IIIIIIIII" where a quiet droning outro calls upon wind instruments and a chillingly calm effect. It's as if the molten aggression of the more traditional metal bits are soothed by a patient understanding that sometimes you've got to turn the volume down just a little. And not only that, it leads into "IIIIIIIIII" with a more space-y intro where the guitars echo and reverb on top of each other for an effect that is, again, more calming than I expected it to be, even as it barrell rolls into another heavy metal region, toying with certain doom elements.

The dual vocals of Barr and bassist/vocalist Nick McMaster is one aspect of Krallice that was sometimes a little off-putting to me. Barr's high-pitched and painful screams are literally eked out of him, while McMaster's low-end bellow seems to burst forth naturally. Again---more than ever---even this element feels so in tune as the vocals interplay with each other's vastly opposing spectrums. Similarly, Barr and Marston's guitar feud carries on right through to the end of the last song, "IIIIIIIIIIII," where their call-and-response melodies rip and crush at the same time. The song actually begins with the metal equivalent of a breakbeat as it's jarring stop-go rhythm eventually transfers into a more rapid blast beat.

Krallice hasn't been around that long, yet they've already released four albums. Part of me wonders if they've already drained their potential and whether or not they should have considered putting a dam up on the creative reservoir just for a while to give fans a more thoughtful pacing between releases. But at the same time, that's exactly what makes Years Past Matter such an exciting album of theirs. Seeing that "self-released" modifier is so rewarding, because it's as if they're saying to us: All right, let's see what we can really do. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this is world's beyond some of their past material---so if you weren't a fan to begin with, I don't really see this one winning you over---but it's at least just as good and even more exciting to hear them sound so free within their full range of composition. From the dark and mesmerizing cover art, to the swift, feedback-laden ending that leaves their music rining in my ears long after, I think Krallice doing Krallice is what ultimately wins over when it's all said and done.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
August 30th 2012



71454 Comments


most retarded track list ever

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

LudsWig
August 30th 2012



254 Comments


I was wondering about that too.

rmill3r
August 30th 2012



167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah . . . that I can agree with -__-

zaruyache
August 30th 2012



6259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As opposed to just naming them all "Untitled" like every trve kvlt bm band.

Digging: CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



16310 Comments


so much space n cosmos

Ire
August 30th 2012



41754 Comments


cozmic solos coz mick solos

Tyrael
August 30th 2012



20824 Comments


space metal

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



18306 Comments


my fav part is the galaxy blasts

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Ire
August 30th 2012



41754 Comments


space metal is gay i'm going back to hawkwind

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



16310 Comments


let's tab out a mick b. solo:

-14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15-----------------------------------15 15 14---------
----------------------------4----------------------------6---------------------
------------------------------57821189265489731265932-----------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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and repeat for 23 minutes

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



18306 Comments


wow that was quite a lot of effort for that hahaha

Tyrael
August 30th 2012



20824 Comments


If it's that easy why don't you do it yourself Kyle you could be a BM superstar!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



16310 Comments


wasn't easy at all didn't you see the part in the middle there

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



18306 Comments


not bm

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



16310 Comments


i wanna learn how to play cosmic trems

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



18306 Comments


i am currently trying to master the art of universal cosmic chord tension waves it is difficult mick barr must have some strange technology we havent created yet

Ire
August 30th 2012



41754 Comments


guide 2 cosmick trems

digital delay
distortionz
trems
digital reverb
set mics across room
space cosmos

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 30th 2012



18306 Comments


record it in an observatory

Tyrael
August 30th 2012



20824 Comments


Kyle please drop the sarcasm it doesn't suit you at all. And how is this not BM Matt?

On another note I'm totally thinking of starting a Windir cover band I've pretty much got my harsh
vocals figured out and I've got all needed band members what do you guys think.

KILL
August 30th 2012



71454 Comments


cosmic trems wow and i thought static trems were the benchmark



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