Krallice
Prelapsarian


4.1
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
December 21st, 2016 | 154 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How I learned to stop worrying and love Krallice.

Over a year ago I wrote up something about how I had grown to appreciate Krallice; dropping the bullshit metal elitist attitude that clouded me with bias was an enlightening experience. The junk metal-cum-"trancendental" blackened whatever never sat well with me. The detached technicality gave way to homogeneous streams of uninhibited guitar nonsense. The irony of this being a reason for the Krallice hate is that it describes so much of the modern metal scene; cold and indifferent instrumentation acting as a vehicle for derivative bunk. But I digress.

Since that diatribe, Ygg huur was released with the sublime, death leaden Hyperion quickly following. In this time I have learned that my infatuation was more than a passing admiration, more than fling--Krallice are everything vital about metal and are growing into something revelatory.

Colin Marston, one of the necessary cogs in Krallice's machine, has, in the last decade become something of a metal icon. I mean, he was part of the ***ing Gorguts revival for Christ's sake. His side projects seemingly have side projects, all unique but warmly connected. He's always brought his encyclopedic knowledge of metal to Krallice, but managed to leave the human behind.

What impresses most with Prelapsarian is that the more human moments, the lows that accompany the highs, add so much without taking anything away. Krallice are still aggressive; still ravaging with reckless abandon. If anything, the calm within songs like "Transformation Chronicles" gives more heft to the bestial "Hate Power" that follows. Moments in "Lotus Throne" are, dare I say, beautiful? However, the rest of the heafty track features some of the most mind melting atonal guitar work that Krallice has ever crafted. The interplay here is brilliant, showing a masterful side to the band's songwriting. Where Years Past Matter sometimes felt like an accidental patchwork, Prelapsarian feels meticulously plotted while retaining the former album's characteristic insanity.

"Transformation Chronicles" is a microcosm of how much Krallice have come into their own with Prelapsarian. Featuring the metal gnashing that was highlighted in the death metal influenced Hyperion, the song shows the transition the band has taken from "tech-black metal" to something more organic. There are many influences at play here, most notably the quirks and atonality Marston must have picked up during his time with Luc Lemay. Aside from these nuances the song moves much in the way any Krallice song does--with calculated rapidity. Halfway through, the band shifts into a menacing
calm; a roiling and hazing atmosphere settles over. Surprising, considering Krallice are never one to throw in such gimmicky and forced parlor tricks. In spite of everything, it works. Such a downshift feels genuine, natural even. Of course it all picks back up and finishes strong, but to find such unexpected turns makes even the most trite Krallice moments feel wholly engrossing.

Due to the density found in a song like "Transformation Chronicles," it makes Prelapsarian almost unwieldy in discussion. One could prattle on about the bombshell "Hate Power," or the rather beautiful harmonies found in "Lotus Throne," but to do so would be an exercise in endurance. Krallice have managed to pack a career's worth of growth and maturity in a mere 40 minutes. With their latest record, Krallice have entirely loosened the sound codified with Dimensional Bleedthrough and set in stone with Years Past Matter. True, Prelapsarian is more or less in the same vein, but with more freedom and inspiration than ever before.



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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2016


614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wow not sure what happened

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2016


10044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is excellent on the first few listens.

Shadowmire
December 21st 2016


4387 Comments


looking forward to hearing this, nice review

elliootsmeuth
December 21st 2016


3213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked what they released earlier this year, so definitely going to listen to this when I can.

Maco097
December 21st 2016


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hope this is better than Ygg Huur and the E.P.



Krvst
December 21st 2016


320 Comments


Wish the production was a bit more like Years Past Matter but other apart from that, this is really cool, love when Transformation Chronicles just kind of chills out for a bit

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2016


10471 Comments


Great review, really enjoyed Hyperion so this should be interesting.

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zaruyache
December 21st 2016


17200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Dimensionl Bleedthrough



and that last line is borkd

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parksungjoon
December 21st 2016


5265 Comments


"dropping the bull*** metal elitist attitude that clouded me with bias was an enlightening experience. "

in this moment i am euphoric

i guess everyones gonna start loving this band now cuz eli k doth decreeth

zaruyache
December 21st 2016


17200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I haven't really jived well with any of their post-Years Past Matter stuff, and this on first listen doesn't seem to be changing that. :/ Idk what happened but it doesn't have that magic anymore. Maybe I'm broken?



MAYBE I CAN NO LONGER SYNCHRONIZE WITH THE COSMIC BLEEP BLOOP?

parksungjoon
December 21st 2016


5265 Comments


calm down tom cruise no need for the allcaps

zaruyache
December 21st 2016


17200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I still need to watch Battlefield Earth

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2016


2450 Comments


I haven't really jived well with any of their post-Years Past Matter stuff,

I've been the same, the last two did nothing for me, but this one is sounding pretty good. But there is something different about their post-YPM stuff that I can't quite put my finger on. It's just not the same and I don't think it'll ever give me the enjoyment "high" I feel with all their stuff prior.


Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2016


2450 Comments


I really hate the cover for this though.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2016


614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I still don't like YPM tbh

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2016


2450 Comments


Dimensional Bleedthrough is my favourite

Veldin
December 22nd 2016


2926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

always loved Krallice, bitches

Flugmorph
December 22nd 2016


16439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna czech hard

elliootsmeuth
December 22nd 2016


3213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got a period off since for finals since this is when I'd be in gym, so I got 70 minutes of free tine to listen to music, and I think this is what I'll listen to first.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2016


614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Some real missed opportunities for the haters to say Prolapsarian



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