Rorcal
Vilagvege


4.5
superb

Review

by Ryan Kroner USER (29 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2013 | 115 replies | 10,934 views


Release Date: 02/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to a world razed and set aflame.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

Világvége is not an album that attempts to convey a broad spectrum of emotions, so don't be led on by what immediately comes to mind when its various influences, such as black metal, sludge metal, or post-hardcore, are mentioned. It's not raw or emotional like a lot of black metal tends to be, nor is it an amalgam of leviathan, plodding riffs like those that are common in sludge metal. These genres may combine to serve as a framework for this latest monstrosity from Swiss metal collective Rorcal, but the single emotion conveyed by Világvége, both in its moments of foreboding drone and those of relentless tremolo riffs, is utterly nihilistic and apocalyptic furor. This is the soundtrack to a world being decimated: not the barren, desolate aftermath of the apocalypse nor the lengthy period of harrowing anticipation and foreboding that precedes it, but the literal act of humanity and the earth itself being torn apart. It's not a slow, suffocating Armageddon like that of mid-nineties Neurosis or Amenra's latest effort: rather, it's a rapid, chaotic, and excruciatingly violent destruction that Rorcal have created with Világvége. Even its seeming moments of respite, namely the drone doom-laden first and second tracks, are far from being things of peace. In reality, they are harbingers of the absolute chaos and furor of tracks like 'V', which specifically is notable for its absolutely brilliant opening riff. Closer 'VIII' in particular is an absolutely spectacular blend of everything that Rorcal excel at, beginning with a section of violent black metal and ending with a lengthier period of meandering, drone-infused sludge that perfectly bookends the preceding forty minutes of apocalyptic malevolence, all layered with vocalist Cristophe's tortured, distant shrieks. The world has been razed, and none are left alive. Of course, this one-note emotional performance on Világvége does mean that it is neither an easy listen nor a casual listen, but in the right setting, this album is matched by absolutely none in turning such violent despair into music, and that includes even Rorcal's previous efforts. This is by no means to say that 2010's Heliogabalus was not an absolutely harrowing and terrifying journey, but Világvége matches that album's bleakness with an utterly destructive aggression, and this formula pays off in spades on what will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most unrelenting, desolate, hateful, and apocalyptic efforts of the year. Világvége is the soundtrack to a world being razed and set aflame, and pure, malevolent violence has never tasted so sweet.



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Ignimbrite
February 22nd 2013



5294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Out of all my attempts at doing shorter reviews I'm definitely most proud of this one, but as always, all should feel free to critique and offer suggestions.

Album is insane.

Ovrot
February 22nd 2013



10460 Comments


sup wyan
how are your nads

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

one of the best things so far this year for sure

CaptainDooRight
February 22nd 2013



28331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

whoa, pos pos pos pos pos pos po sp os s po so spo sosp sops ps

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

CaptainDooRight
February 22nd 2013



28331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nice to see that you bump'd ur rating for this Noct

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



6934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Default this review, great work

Ignimbrite
February 22nd 2013



5294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

:] shucks

Also, it greatly pleases me that you're a fan of this, Noctus.

CaptainDooRight
February 22nd 2013



28331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Default this review

edit: and feature this review

MO
February 22nd 2013



18231 Comments


albums ok

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

wacknizzle
February 22nd 2013



12617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review man, I can't wait to hear the whole album. The songs I've heard so far were awesome.

Digging: Systems - Ghost Medicine

FearThyEvil
February 22nd 2013



12244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, 3 poor votes already.

Havey
February 22nd 2013



9617 Comments


they cant handle their worlds being set aflame

Digging: Cecil Taylor - Dark to Themselves

MichaelSnoxall
February 22nd 2013



12163 Comments


no doubt they were skele alts negging him.

awesome review, man. Pos'd hard. I should have my review up in about a week.

mindleviticus
February 22nd 2013



8164 Comments


Kroner mah mein mahn, great fucking review.

MichaelSnoxall
February 22nd 2013



12163 Comments


actually nevermind, I don't even need to write a review with this one around.

GiaNXGX
February 22nd 2013



4867 Comments


a blackened atmospheric sludge metal masterpiece for sure

MichaelSnoxall
February 22nd 2013



12163 Comments


you're missing the drone classification

Kris.
February 22nd 2013



12150 Comments


snoxall and skele like this idk ryan...

MichaelSnoxall
February 22nd 2013



12163 Comments


skele pretends to like it seem kvlt

so do I

Ignimbrite
February 22nd 2013



5294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nah broski, write that review.



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