The Blight
Meditations on Insignificance


2.9
good

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
July 31st, 2017 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just what the doctor ordered...provided it's at the lowest dose possible.

There's something stupidly fascinating about a band like The Blight. They make a sort of obnoxious black metal hybrid with a uneasy drone backdrop that's grating on the ears and irritating to the sensibilities of most listeners. It's not good music because, hell, it's not really even music. Bands like The Blight can (and do) bang their instruments together, grind it up in the studio, and patent it as "cerebral" and people will eat it up. Let's call this the Tetragrammacide syndrome. Luckily, The Blight approach their noise with a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them stand out among most of the crowd.

Meditations on Insignificance, The Blight's newest recording, is largely a blackened-noise affair which means that no matter what it sounds like, someone will dig it.That is to say that "blackened-noise" is something of a weirdly burgeoning sub-sub-sub-genre, appealing to those tired of how ubiquitous black metal has become this past decade. It's a panacea offering an interesting take on the harshness the genre is known for, with The Blight doing it pretty well so long as you can stomach an hour of grinding metal and pained wails.

If you can, you'll find Meditations on Insignificance to be pretty palatable. Although last year's Escalation was much more absorbing (and much different), this new record is full of amusing experiments in sound. It's like hearing a band through a black hole, distant and contorted. The description (maybe) fits, with the suspiciously "space-prog" cover photo combined with song titles like "Planet" and "Galaxy." Most of the time it sounds like white noise played over a lo-fi black metal basement band, with quirky electronic sounds spiraling around every so often. Largely it is more than the sum of its parts. Just because the schtick is easy to see through doesn't mean it doesn't sound interesting.

Meditations on Insignificance certainly feels like what The Blight were going for--expansive chaotic emptiness. The droning reprieves found on their last two releases take a backseat to the oppressive pummeling noise, which, while understandable, makes the whole thing a bit of a slog. When it comes together it works brilliantly, but unfortunately it's too often lost in the cacophony.



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Dewinged
July 31st 2017


5009 Comments


Nice review Xeno.

I jammed this the other day and thought my PC or my headphones were broken. No fun at all.

That cover art tho.

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Dctarga
August 2nd 2017


412 Comments


Yeah, definitely not my cup of tea. Maybe I'm just not about that drone life in general, but goddamn this thing sounds like it was recorded underwater.

Very nice review though

Dewinged
August 3rd 2017


5009 Comments


It sounds like they beat up the mixer, peed on it and recorded while it was burning.

Evokaphile
August 3rd 2017


3965 Comments


You guys really know how to sell 'em. Will never listen to this/10.

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Dewinged
August 3rd 2017


5009 Comments


It's interesting, like going into a modern art museum and seeing a corpse hanging from the ceiling with a flower and a spoon.

Evokaphile
August 4th 2017


3965 Comments


sounds like something my tax bracket wouldn't have the capacity to appreciate.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2017


10091 Comments


the album cover looks like it belongs on a tech death album

gonna give it a try i guess

Shadowmire
August 5th 2017


4473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this one's accurate

SuperMatt
August 5th 2017


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For some reason I thought I would love this. It wasn't bad but really wasn't as good as I expected. Anyway, good short review.

Hopelust
August 10th 2017


2673 Comments


"It sounds like they beat up the mixer, peed on it and recorded while it was burning."

lol



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