Krallice
Go Be Forgotten


4.2
excellent

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
December 6th, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What if a Krallice album could make u feel?

Krallice have never been known as an emotive band, favoring cold machinations over sweeping emotional statements. Their use of multilayered chaos belies a structured and calculating core that has seen them evolve from a rote technical black metal act into something entirely otherworldly. During their impressive eight album streak Krallice have become increasingly untethered from Earth, flinging headlong into the vacuum of space with Years Past Matter only to drift into other worlds completely with Prelapserian. As part of their oeuvre, Krallice have progressed their emotional despondency and furthered themselves from any semblance of "humanism." Even the most lively part of their music, the vocals, is relegated to a fuzzed out background; blotted out and smudged away. This makes Go Be Forgotten, the band’s new(er) album, all the more confounding. It’s weird and inconsistent; messy and imperfect. It’s the most flawed Krallice record to date.

It’s also the most human. So much in fact, that for the first time, the band provides truly revelatory moments; cathartic and elucidating proclamations that are at odds with the band’s typical persona. This isn’t readily apparent, with Krallice bathing themselves in a traditionally black veneer. All the while they have behind the scenes made one of the most blissful metal records of the year. Swells in the title track lead into beautiful climaxes while subtle melodies make themselves known in “Ground Prayer.” It’s not often that Krallice construct music for an emotional pay off, but there are plenty of moments of genuine wonder here that elicit a response other than technical awe.

Much has been made about Go Be Forgotten and it’s cover. With a wry smile and knowing looking, Krallice have released an album whose art features plenty of black metal overtones. The “kvlt” lettering and (lack of) color scheme leave little to the imagination with what the band is getting at. The homage, surprisingly, is more than a mere call out on a cover. Otherworldly synth work calls to mind early Burzum, while the ambient track “Quadripartite Mirror Realm” feels ripped from Wolves in the Throne Room’s Celestite. There is even a Beastlor (who") cover in there. The band has always eschewed genre conventions, or rather, contorted them to their own liking, so a “return to their roots” feels surprising.That being said, Go Be Forgotten feels much closer to a modern Krallice album than it does to their earlier, more traditional black metal work. Aside from a couple of aesthetic nods, Krallice’s latest shares about as much with genre norms as Prelapserian or even Hyperion. It isn’t standard black metal, hell, it isn’t even standard Krallice—it’s an amalgam of eight years worth experimenting condensed into one unpredictable release.

This unpredictability makes Go Be Forgotten feel chaotic in a way Krallice have never felt before. As stated earlier, the band’s work is mechanical and calculating, converting black metal from a sound of earthy emotion to artificial precision. Go Be Forgotten, on the other hand, features songs like “Failed Visionary Cults” that act as bursts which don’t immediately feel at home next to the title track, but couple with “Choas of the Living” makes total sense. Each song in itself feels like it’s matched with a counterpart, split in two and spread across the album. These constant start/stops feel intentionally jarring and disorienting, a feeling not typically associated with a band whose albums traditionally feel smartly planned.

From this haphazard nature to the surprisingly warm production, Go Be Forgotten is an album of conflicting ideas, produced by a band whose very existence defines convention. Frenzied and and disorienting, Krallice’s eighth album is a monument of experimentation and a true surprise from a band that has become the model of consistency.



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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2017


901 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

I don’t care—this is my favorite metal record of the year and my new favorite Krallice yet. That title track is blissfully perfect.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2017


22223 Comments


You've certainly piqued my interest with your review. I'm not sure I follow you on how you relate the album's aesthetics to a more "human" feeling, but you make me curious enough to check it out.

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JS19
December 6th 2017


6056 Comments


I drove my car off a bridge

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Evokaphile
December 6th 2017


6475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woah I.... almost forgot about this album. Go figure.

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Papa Universe
December 6th 2017


8781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's easy to forget, really

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Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2017


15788 Comments


What if a Krallice album could make u sleep?

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Papa Universe
December 6th 2017


8781 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It would Go Be Forgotten, that's what...

mindleviticus
December 6th 2017


9218 Comments


maybe this might sway me into these guys finally, crazier things have happened

BlackwaterPork
December 7th 2017


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review mate

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osmark86
December 7th 2017


5619 Comments


sweet review xeno. curious about this album now since you make it sound like they've evolved their sound/approach yet again since last album.

Evokaphile
December 7th 2017


6475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is probably their best post-YPM effort tbh

RivalSkoomaDealer
December 7th 2017


1603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[2]







Although I really dug some of the melodies on Ygg Hrr.

RivalSkoomaDealer
December 7th 2017


1603 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The synth on this gives me an Autumn for Crippled Children vibe.

WatchItExplode
December 7th 2017


5073 Comments


I'm going to give Krallice a try. Should it be this album?

Evokaphile
December 7th 2017


6475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jam their discog in order.

WatchItExplode
December 7th 2017


5073 Comments


I thought their albums got progressively worse and retread all the old ideas. I'll just start with the first one.

MayhemWithMercy
December 7th 2017


6110 Comments


Great review

Essence
December 7th 2017


5910 Comments


the best thing Krallice have done is get Kyle to make progressively better avatars

Crysis
Emeritus
December 7th 2017


17303 Comments


this is the best thing i've heard by them but i've only heard like 3 of their records and the others were too hurr durr for me

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Essence
December 7th 2017


5910 Comments


yeah ngl the first track off of this is genuinely good



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