Wild Hunt
Afterdream of the Reveller


4.5
superb


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Witness your God's demise.

Nowadays, black metal has found itself in quite a whirlwind of changes. Or rather, I not changes, a whirlpool of popularisation and forward-pushing of already clearly established boundaries for its derivatives. Much to the credit of the bands like Deafheaven for bringing that shoegaze post-metal into the wider audience’s frame of reference, now more and more can we come across bands tuning up the old used up atmospheric black metal with heavy doom metal direction. But not the old campy kind and not the funeral-gazing depressive kind either, but more of a progressively played overwhelming mixture of harshness and some lethargic themes. Think of the likes of Conjurer, Thou and now also Wild Hunt.

It starts off creepily enough with a muted, toned-down piano (or organ, not sure) that throws you atmospherically into some abandoned decimated church, only to then have it engulf in flames once the metallic harshness starts, but having choir-like background vocal effects and enough instrumental depth to actually still carry on the whole church-like shtick. And many songs start off similarly, first a subtle, sombre, creepy acoustic instruments sets up a particular vibe, as if it were a scene in a whole new location with a whole new objective, and then it devolves into something monstrous, while still maintaining the set up atmosphere. The grandiose guitar riffs on “Odious Gamble” that burst into arena-sized combat chant; rusty forest-y acoustic guitar on “The Last Saeculum” crawling into ghoulish witchcraft of a tune, also being one of the most traditionally doom-sounding cuts on the record; drone-y monstrous growls and ghastly ghostly sounds veiled in nightly fog on “Nest of Flames”.

The band knows how to create an atmospheric powerhouse. Every song has its own story, even if not clearly lyrically stated, the interchanging vibes and constantly renewing atmospheres certainly add to that theory and with each song you can find yourselves in completely different medieval, beast-inhabited, dungeon-shaped epic adventure that still ends up being grim and distressing in the best traditions of horror genres. It is an ode to the fright in its many forms. Devilspeed!



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Papa Universe
April 26th 2018


22505 Comments


Basically dark souls of music. (I was told this reference will make sense to some)

bgillesp
April 26th 2018


7395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How many 4.5s from 2018 you got now? 60?

[edit] I counted. 30.

bgillesp
April 26th 2018


7395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Happy 99 reviews bud

Papa Universe
April 26th 2018


22505 Comments


I like liking things. 4.5/5 = 8/10

teamster
April 26th 2018


5241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Holy fuck - this got reviewed. My early 2018 AOTY.

Papa Universe
April 26th 2018


22505 Comments


cheers, bub

JustJoe.
April 26th 2018


9948 Comments


Pos'ed, dearest friend.

bgillesp
April 27th 2018


7395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel ya. I like liking things too

Duderino
April 27th 2018


830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Loving this. The main songwriters just joined Dispirit, another Bay Area group dabbling with doom and black metal that's worth checking out.

Papa Universe
April 27th 2018


22505 Comments


also Abstracter are dipping their toes into both genres, are from Bay Area, are on the same label and have an album coming out this June. more things to look forward to

Papa Universe
April 27th 2018


22505 Comments


Nae will do that, yee zealous theocrat!

UpwardSpiral
May 1st 2018


1050 Comments


will check, thanks for the review


bgillesp
June 6th 2018


7395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya actually done good on 4.5ing this one. Nice album

brainmelter
October 18th 2018


7188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoa this kicks ass

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Dettlaff
October 18th 2018


432 Comments


God's *

Papa Universe
October 18th 2018


22505 Comments


(plural)

Dettlaff
October 18th 2018


432 Comments


That just sounds so awkward to me. "Witness the demise of your Gods" or something else. 'Gods'' doesn't exactly roll off the tongue

Papa Universe
October 18th 2018


22505 Comments


Aight, yeesh.

Papa Universe
October 18th 2018


22505 Comments


Aye?

Dettlaff
October 18th 2018


432 Comments


I'll take it. Thank you. Balance has been restored to the galaxy.



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