Rorcal
Creon


4.5
superb

Review

by Arche USER (86 Reviews)
March 27th, 2016 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rorcal depict the tragedy of Antigone in their most blackened release to date.

In Sophocles' tragedy Antigone, one thing observable about Creon, the newly crowned King of Thebes, is the change he undergoes. He is initially presented as a tyrannical force intent on maintaining order in his kingdom, refusing to bury Polynices following his posthumous defeat in the land's civil war - the ultimate ignonimy. As consequence of doing so, however, Creon loses the family closest to him - his wife, Eurydice and his son, Haimon (also Antigone's fiancé) - and blaming himself, concludes the play a broken man, declaring that he is deserving of death. Rorcal present his story through their own apocalyptic lens, and successfully illustrate the savagery of the play and the fall of a king.

The Swiss quintet have themselves undergone a change in the creation of Creon. 'A change' should come as little surprise to those already familiar with the band's constantly evolving brand of sludge, but Creon opens a new chapter for Rorcal, it being their first album which is arguably more blackened than anything else. The third track, 'Haemon', highlights this shift perfectly, bearing more semblance to the winding nature of Icelandic black metal than it does to the plodding malevolence of Heliogabalus. Throughout in fact, guitarists Diogo Almeida and JP Schopfer seem further from grimy, impenetrable riffs than they ever have done; instead, they focus on forming a tremolo-picked, melancholic wall, taking a seat slightly further back to allow Yonni Chapatte's vicious roars to puncture through. The sludge influences are still present (for example the starts of both 'Antigone' and 'Eurydice), but more as a tool to assert a foreboding atmosphere, rather than creating abyssal depths. Ron Lahyani's blood-and-thunder approach on the drums hurtles each track into its inevitable blackened oblivion - yet, the most interesting facet is the mixture of paroxysmal fury and control that is maintained by all five members. For lack of better wording, Creon is tight, calculated and all the more effective for it.

By refusing to settle on one established sound, Rorcal have managed to once more reinvigorate themselves while keeping the intensity that they've become reknowned for. As an afterthought, it's a peculiar idea that a play written 2500 years ago by a Greek tragedian is still being adapted to this day - not least by a blackened sludge group from Switzerland. I wonder what Sophocles would have thought of it.



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Archelirion
March 27th 2016


5650 Comments


If you can put up with a little archaic language and want to read Antigone, you can do so here -> http://classics.mit.edu/Sophocles/antigone.html
One of the finest 2016 albums yet imho, really, really good. I've had a headache for a few days now so the review probably sucks: any comments, suggestions, corrections etc. as always welcomed :]
Name your price download here -> https://rorcal.bandcamp.com/album/creon

Sniff
March 27th 2016


5445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yupp. Really really good.

RustCohle
March 27th 2016


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Digging this, cool stuff and I really appreciate it, that they are not doing the same record over and over.

Digging: Sinmara - Hvsl Stjarnanna

mindleviticus
March 27th 2016


9595 Comments


going on tha wishlist

wacknizzle
March 27th 2016


14521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review bruh, I agree this is definitely more black metal than their previous albums, rips hard

Archelirion
March 27th 2016


5650 Comments


Cheers dude :] I think Yonni's vocals lend themselves to this kinda thing more than Junior's would have done, so it wouldn't surprise me if they do this sort of thing more in the future.

wacknizzle
March 27th 2016


14521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band can do no wrong really. Have you heard their collaborative album with Kehlvin called Ascension? If not check it, it's amazing

Archelirion
March 27th 2016


5650 Comments


Yeah, they're pretty consistently amazing. I haven't heard that, no. I'll get on it, mind!

zaruyache
March 27th 2016


20537 Comments


"and want to read Antigone"

I think I read this in high school. I'd rather not subject myself to it again ;-)

Archelirion
March 27th 2016


5650 Comments


I can sympathise - I read Far From The Madding Crowd at school and I think it's put me off Thomas Hardy for life :L

Sniff
March 27th 2016


5445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This could be AOTY material actually.

Itwasthatwas
March 27th 2016


1543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah so this fucking rules. Not sure yet how it stands compared to Vilagvege

Itwasthatwas
March 27th 2016


1543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Amusingly, if you search for these guys on iTunes by artist name, it brings up rascal flatts. They're on there, but you have to search by album.

Archelirion
March 27th 2016


5650 Comments


Yeah, I think it'll probably be up there by the end of this year. Have to wait and see!
I think I prefer this to Világvége, but that is the one I've listened to least for whatever reason. The Rascal Flatts thing genuinely creased me :L

R6Rider
March 27th 2016


5211 Comments


I really wasn't impressed by the single off of this.

teamster
March 27th 2016


3893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their last full-length was very disappointing to me. Can't wait to give this one a listen. Excellent review and thanks.

Digging: Vaura - Sables

icatchthirtythree
March 27th 2016


889 Comments


yeah this is sweet

jimmykidd
March 27th 2016


640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this fuckin rips. aoty so far

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2016


11673 Comments


Been jamming this for a few days, I didn't know it was a 2016 release. Very cool review, especially with that backstory I had no idea about, nice work.

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2016


3190 Comments


Nice review man, will probably give this a go.



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