Velvet Cacoon
P aa Opal Poere Pr. 33


3.0
good

Review

by Excretakano USER (7 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2010 | 5 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black Metal for bedtime

Waterfall. Beach. Thunder. Heartbeat. Invariably, recordings of such comforting sounds can be purchased at carefully perfumed stores that should stick to selling throw pillows and tomato peelers rather than these sonic aberrations. I mean, are there really people out there who can’t fall asleep to Merzbow? And if there are, should they be allowed that option? But if we must offer soothing alternatives for sedation and stress relief, Velvet Cacoon have one more choice to add to the display: black metal.

VC are careful to lead us past familiar landmarks on our way toward the shifting tides of their overlapping chords. The record opens with a menacing march through all the dank shadows a good depressive BM album should, but beyond that, put away your bullet belt and spiked arm bands and find a 30-minute video of your favorite Nordic landscape. Here, there are no frost trolls, no wendigo, not even a wolf cub. Just pristine snow gliding on a gentle (but frigid) breeze from one drift to the next. Gnarled trees sheathed in ice sway mildly, sometimes spilling twinkling shards into the soft powder below. High, unbroken clouds whiten the sky and rarely seem to move. VC let every distorted note and chord bleed into the next, eschewing almost all percussion and vocals to achieve their winter calm.

This is metal for relaxation, and depending on your patience for that sort of thing, VC do it really well. Maybe soon some progressive bath product store will realize how nicely this fits between Rainforest and Summer Night.



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struth
January 19th 2011


435 Comments


Velvet Cacoon and Clair Cassis are heavily underrated.

Hawks
January 19th 2011


73729 Comments


Haven't heard this one, but this band is pretty good.

struth
February 11th 2011


435 Comments


this one is far slower than genevieve and dextronaut and has a different vocalist for most the songs, it's mean.

Acanthus
July 6th 2011


9812 Comments


I could get into this, though initially I wish it was louder.

DarkNoctus
November 20th 2011


10935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I could get into this, though initially I wish it was louder.




then turn it up?



i like the sound here, it's the one album where the laziness of the band suits the sound. probably their best album overall. :]



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