Cormorant
Diaspora


4.2
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
August 14th, 2017 | 92 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cormorant are the easiest black metal band to love.

Cormorant are a band that is easy to gush about. Since their inception, they have been completely DIY, and that won't sound like something worth mentioning until you have actually heard an album like Diaspora. Whatever vodoo they are doing as an "independent" band seems to be working, because their latest album is a perfect sounding record; the sort of album begat by the sort of band whose effortless and natural penchant at simply being a band makes you fall in love.

As a band, Cormorant sound refined beyond all expectations. As an album, Diaspora is an unapologetic metal epic. Nothing here sounds second rate, bargain bin progressive black metal. The four winding tracks range from seven to nearly 30 minutes in length, never dipping in quality or wandering into pretentiousness. It's the type of "progressive" album that doesn't feel like its trying to be. Despite the profound runtime, "Migration" isn't bloated nor does it aim to high and fumble into ridiculousness. Yes it feels like a melting pot of all expected tropes--folk, death, black, and doom metal. Fortunately it avoids some of the more *eye-roll* inducing grandeur of their peers, matching lofty ideas with restraint and thoughtful writing.

Each song, while much more neutered, matches the tone and quality found in "Migration," which in turn makes for the most impressive statement the band has made to date. Because of this smartly used variety, Diaspora is the rare kind of metal album that can bridge the gap between the progressive "dorks" and the cynical elite; a record of staggering depth and broad appeal.



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Archelirion
August 14th 2017


5903 Comments


Heard this yesterday, and boy have they outdone themselves on this one. I'm very fond of Dwellings, but this almost certainly tops it.

Migration is unreal

EvoHavok
August 14th 2017


7702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has been on my radar. Dwellings rules indeed.

clavier
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2017


1065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

just recently got into this band, can confirm that this is good

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Archelirion
August 14th 2017


5903 Comments


Honestly, this'd be easy to ramble on so I'm glad you kept it mercifully short

RustCohle
August 14th 2017


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is simply amazing, they even topped their previous outings!

Piripichotes
August 14th 2017


542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been listening to dwellings a lot lately, how is this compared to that? I've always thought that the black metal "lo-fi" mix kinda detracted from their music...

DungeonBoy
August 14th 2017


6986 Comments


Cool review man. I enjoy this band, Dwellings more than Metazoa, and your review definitely makes me want to check out this new one.

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necropig
August 14th 2017


5806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ooooooo nice

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Eons
August 14th 2017


2421 Comments


Pretty cool album cover. Gonna listen.

Asmodeuss1990
August 14th 2017


369 Comments


"vodoo"?

Pretty sure you mean't voodoo, fam.

Dedes
August 14th 2017


6765 Comments


Awesome review Xeno, not often do I see staff reviews kept so concise. I've been really wanting to check this band lately, maybe I will.

Evok
August 14th 2017


7747 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

MUST CHECK THIS

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2017


16959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am not a big fan of BM but this is pretty awesome.

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Hawks
August 15th 2017


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Last album slays, gotta jam this asap.

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Hawks
August 15th 2017


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok yeah this rips.

Maco097
August 15th 2017


3123 Comments


I have to listen to this soon. I've been waiting for it.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2017


11746 Comments


Album cover is all kinds of cool

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EphemeralEternity
August 15th 2017


3245 Comments


love the surrealist artwork gonna check for that reason alone

Hawks
August 15th 2017


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you guys dig prog black metal then this will def be your thing.

Deathconscious
August 15th 2017


23042 Comments


glad this is getting some attention. anyone new to this band, check Dwellings right fucking now.

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