Krallice
Ygg Huur


3.5
great

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
August 2nd, 2015 | 108 replies


Release Date: 07/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: R.I.P. "hating on Krallice" (2008-2015)

Krallice have long been the whipping boy in many circles of the metal world. The smarter and cooler sister to Liturgy, Krallice have been an easy target (but not as easy as, well, Liturgy) of metal fans who saw through the hyper-energetic twist on black metal. Debates on what classifies as “trve” black metal have ensued, with asinine blanket terms like “hipster metal” being thrown into the mix as well. All seek to vocalize the fact that since 2008 Krallice have been a really, really annoying band.

That is until now.

Dimensional Bleedthrough was neat. Years Past Matter was fun, sort of. Hell even their debut had some merit. But at their core the band has produced music that can best be described as a cold hearted mathematician’s befuddled attempt at capturing what is “in the now” in regards to metal. Even now when trying to sing their praises, this reviewer falls into the detractor camp. This mainly arises because the members of Krallice are talented. They play ear shattering loud music and at a pace that never dips below breaking the sound barrier. Aside from that there isn’t much else to Krallice; a modern metal band playing modern metal that overstays its welcome. Every. Single. Time.

Once again, that is until now.

Ygg Huur is one hell of a cool album. Really cool, actually. It’s undeniably Krallice, with break neck speeds and tremolos so rapid that it’s like watching a hummingbird flap its wings. For their fifth record, however, they’ve added just about everything that has been missing: atmosphere, character, and an understanding of black metal. Yes, it’s all here in some capacity, with “Idols” opening the record with a murky production and *gasp* variety. At the outset it all sounds sort of like Gorguts, specifically Colored Sands. There is even a little Deathspell Omega and Altar of Plagues thrown in there too. One might find this in poor taste, with Krallice once again appropriating a sound that just so happens to be "in the now," but it goes a long way in making Yngg Huur an effective and enjoyable listen. Don't misunderstand, Ygg Huur is still wonky as hell. There are necking breaking transitions in speed that exist solely to jostle the listener from some sort of "sonic assault." This time around there is a lot more going on so it comes off as less try-hard and silly. The Gorguts-esque atonality and emphasis on death metal are welcome additions, making the record feel less cold and lifeless.

Ygg Huur sounds better than any Krallice album to date constructed in a more logical way. Simply put, the album isn't up its own ass with parlor tricks or guitar wankery. Which is why that 35-minute run time is so perfect. If the world were never treated to another 11-minute masturbatory Krallice song it would be too soon. Just when they begin to wear on a little too long, the song ends, leaving the listener exhausted but with more euphoria than fatigue.

Krallice are still sort of obnoxious. There's a faint smell of Behold...the Arctopus and Dysrhythmia in the air and it the record feels like it was written but a group of math rockers looking over the shoulders of metal's finest. Yet Krallice knew what to change and what to keep. The result is truly interesting metal record that mixes a flurry of modern influences into one tight little package. If you've always loved the band then this should not disappoint. For major detractors Ygg Huur is well worth looking into.



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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2015


1385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Huge Krallice detractor here but this album surprised me in a big way.

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2015


17890 Comments


Ygg huur

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rasputin
August 2nd 2015


14968 Comments


dislike this band 4eva

Dmax28
August 2nd 2015


422 Comments


They have really been hated on that much huh?
I am just getting the black metal bug lately and Years Past Matter was what helped get me into it. Maybe I enjoyed it more because I hadn't heard any of their other stuff, idk. But from my limited experience they seem to do more interesting things with their blasts and tremelo than some other artists. Love the pure emotion in black metal.

Haven't heard this yet.
Would you consider this their best? Or is it just a refreshing change.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2015


1385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I would consider this their best because all of their other albums range from a 2-2.5 for me. Like, every other album is terrible.

Crysis
Emeritus
August 2nd 2015


17357 Comments


just the fact that this is half the length of their other LP's makes this by a very long margin their best, although it's still pretty boring

emester
August 2nd 2015


8249 Comments


This was ok

zaruyache
August 2nd 2015


19704 Comments


and an understanding of black metal.

I haven't given this an entire listen (I think?), but this sounded way more dm than bm. It's basically Gorguts.

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ShadowRemains
August 2nd 2015


24981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

space kitteh avatar relevant

L4titudes
August 2nd 2015


3599 Comments


nice can't wait to check this

Hawks
August 2nd 2015


60799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cool review, don't dig these guys too much.

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Mewcopa0
August 2nd 2015


1878 Comments


i don't mind the album, but this review is awful. imaginary neg

Asdfp277
August 2nd 2015


18937 Comments


surprised this still only has one page of comments

Metaltronic
August 3rd 2015


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I really really love this album as a Krallice fan. Initially, the 35 minute runtime is disappointing, especially since we had to wait three years for this come out, but it does make the band a bit more digestible. Personally though, I don't think atmosphere is really a "new" addition to Krallice's sound; they've always had an element of that on their songs, it's just been coming out more and more through their discography, especially on Years Past Matter.

ComeToDaddy
August 3rd 2015


1742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool review, hits on most of the major points I found listening to this. Once I was over the initial pleasant shock of short track lengths though I found it wasn't that interesting. Still probably a 3 for me though, had some sweet parts

Asdfp277
August 3rd 2015


18937 Comments


lmao

JS19
August 3rd 2015


6834 Comments


This really sounds like Gorguts geez

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Essence
August 3rd 2015


6233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah i think the krallice hate can probably continue

Essence
August 3rd 2015


6233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that's because it doesn't sound good

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2015


1385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

After "Idols" this doesn't sound "just like Gorguts." I meant the influence is present throughout but I would say that this album is a death metal album or expressly a rip off of "Colored Sands."



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