Emerald Weapon
Part II: Earth Encrypted


3.5
great

Review

by zaruyache USER (7 Reviews)
August 13th, 2014 | 8 replies


Release Date: 08/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Up-beat d-beat black metal seems to be an arising trend.

Emerald Weapon is at experimental black metal project from the Pacific Northwest USA. The band debuted earlier this year in June with a self-titled EP which showed a band attempting to experiment not only with ambient/drone pieces, but also (and separately) very melodic punk-infused post-black metal. On the band’s second EP, Part II: Earth Encrypted, the band continue to develop this style with another four (mostly short) tracks.

Featuring a short doomy introductory piece and three following "main" tracks, the band’s sound on the album can essentially boil down to either atmospheric, melodic drone or melodic d-beat/blast beat focused black metal not dissimilar to Black Monolith. The first full track, “Crpyto-Imprisonment” is comprised of the latter style, beginning with d-beats and relatively basic punk-inspired chord progressions before smoothly transitioning into blast beats halfway through.

Although the band’s previous EP featured four tracks and was equal parts drone and metal, this second EP only includes one experiment with drone music on the third track, “Cement Rivers.” Here, guitar feedback bombards the listener with rhythmic booms whilst a vaguely melodic lead whines underneath. This crawling piece serves as a nicely placed break between the record's fairly similar two main tracks, allowing space for each to shine in the context of the EPs relatively short runtime. The final track, “Earth Exposure”, picks up where “Crpyto-Imprisonment” left off with more blasts, d-beats, and melodic leads layered overtop black metal riffing.

It should be noted that while the band’s “post-black metal + d-beats” formula might remind oneself of other bands attempting the same basic combination of influences (Black Monolith specifically) the band is able to compile and execute this assortment of styles in a way that does make itself seem unique and--at the end of the day--still fairly interesting. These tracks are neither too long nor too short but rather seem to hit that “sweet spot” of medium length, allowing both punk and black metal sections to run their courses before becoming tiring or repetitive, while simultaneously giving the listener enough time to completely digest the numerous layered melodies.

For only the project’s second release, Part II: Earth Encrypted shows a definitely talented young band tightening its sound and--more importantly--figuring out not only where it wants to go, but how it plans to get there.



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zaruyache
August 12th 2014


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Just found this and decided to write something up. Free download on bandcamp.

Shout out to the Attila The Hun blog convincing me to check this out.

http://emeraldweapon.bandcamp.com/album/part-ii-earth-encrypted

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Rhyme
August 12th 2014


1203 Comments


dat final fantasy vii reference tho

this sounds like something i would enjoy so i'll check it for sure nice review

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VaxXi
August 12th 2014


757 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked the part where the mixing made hard to hear vocals even harder to hear

VaxXi
August 12th 2014


757 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh wait, my computer volume was just low. nevermind.

zaruyache
August 12th 2014


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

bahahaha. They are sorta hard to hear, but on this type of [bedroom?] black metal I sort of expect it.

PunchforPunch
August 13th 2014


6280 Comments


sounds nice will check

CaptainDooRight
August 13th 2014


30338 Comments


def wanna check this

Evreaia
August 14th 2014


4060 Comments


the last rec from Zaru was 'bitching awesome, going to check this one out in good faith.



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