Pale
Pale


4.0
excellent

Review

by zaruyache USER (23 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2018 | 125 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For post-black metal, Pale definitely do not screw around.

Imagine taking a fifty-or-so-minute record and forcing a band to constrict that material into half the runtime: They might trim down a lot of it, cut out the superfluous parts entirely, and maybe even speed up what’s left a tiny bit just to make it all fit. With all this hectic chopping and squishing it could be reasonable to assume that a final product of this sort might sound a bit tense--a bit on edge. On their new cleverly titled EP, “EP”, Japanese post-black metal band Pale sound almost exactly like that--like a band forced to stuff an entire record into an EP--and somehow sound all the more fierce because of it.

Running at a cool twenty-five minutes over five tracks, “EP” does not have much time to waste and Pale waste no time cramming every inch of the record with meaningful songwriting. Their attention to time allows them to maintain an almost constant sense of intensity that makes every section--fast or slow--feel as if it’s looking toward something new ahead of it; furious blast-beat-driven tempos might peak and then descend into slower, more melodic territory, but the gazey leads and occasionally meandering post-rock always feel a little tense, as if they’re wary of some lurking spectre not yet revealed. When things soon thereafter devolve into crashing drums and wailing shrieks again, the reasons for the previous tenseness become clear but the sense of almost-panic in the music rarely refuses to subside; for Pale, keeping up emotional intensity seems like just the name of the game. And while this emotional build-release-build-release structuring might feel taxing for the listener, it provides more room for the band to focus on dynamics without sacrificing a near-constant sense of movement.

With what feels like a drastically reduced runtime, Pale’s five tracks don’t seem to waste any time, and have virtually no fat to trim; the songwriting seems concise almost to a fault. For post-black metal, songs under six minutes tend to be a bit uncommon but Pale somehow find the time to both fully flesh out their primary post/black/gaze influences in emotionally validating ways as well as let little rays of individuality shine through: Though a little unoriginal, opener “Turquoise” takes a short breather to channel .neon-era Lantlos with a jazzy bass-lead section, “Juvenile” has a riff that’s ripped straight from mainstream radio rock, and the breakdown halfway into closer “Zodiac” is probably the funnest surprise on the album (spoiler warning).

All in all, Pale are a new post-black metal band that heartily achieve what they hopefully set out to accomplish; their debut EP plays faster, louder, and more aggressively than most other similar acts in game today. It’s the kind of powerful record that makes you feel drained after finishing it--but not also without a sense of accomplishment. Pale are a godamn rollercoaster.

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zaruyache
July 1st 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

https://www.paleofband.bandcamp.com/album/ep





This is like if Sunbather had an anxiety attack.

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brainmelter
July 1st 2018


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ayyy pos, I love that this is short and sweet. I could see myself bumping the rating up in the future

much better than that JORD album..



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Astral Abortis
July 1st 2018


6736 Comments


way more interesting and better executed than sunbather. this is almost uncomparable to other bands in the style because it fails to suck.

Astral Abortis
July 1st 2018


6736 Comments


i also think you're over-representing the band's "blackgaze" sensibilities a bit. i mean they're defs here in all the tracks (especially that 8 minute-r), but idk they also have much larger chunks of punky black metal in there that balances it out much more nicely overall. they have a good blend of classic sounds in with their total gayness

zaruyache
July 1st 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"over-representing the band's "blackgaze" sensibilities a bit."



i mean when it's blasting it's pretty much always got those whining gazey leads going, so I count that as part of it. I didn't really pick up on the punkiness but I miiiight also see what you mean, maybe?

Astral Abortis
July 1st 2018


6736 Comments


Well the first two tracks and the last track do the punkiness the best. The third and fourth track are basically entirely gaze, but like the first three quarters of tracks 1 and 2 are like this cool, riffy second-wave punky lo-fi bm, then for their short finales they go a bit twinkly. then the final track has this total hardcore breakdown and chugga punk shit goin on.

the first two tracks also have a few variations on the d-beat a bit.

Astral Abortis
July 1st 2018


6736 Comments


but also good review regardless and thanks for showing me this coz i like it

zaruyache
July 2nd 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh right, and that thrash-ish riff in the last track also sounds kinda hardcore.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2018


24270 Comments


genres are fake anyways
this sounds good, nice rev my dude

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2018


24500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listened to this the other day and it's nice

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zaruyache
July 2nd 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it got me so hyped for blackgaze again i went and preordered the new dfhvn.

17WordHaiku
July 2nd 2018


254 Comments


That was great. Thank you for reviewing this!

zaruyache
July 4th 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Your welcom bb. Favorite post-black (and regular black?) of the year so far.

Hawks
July 7th 2018


64561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bump to remind myself to jam. m/

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zaruyache
July 7th 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Should cheer you up I hope

AaroN911
July 9th 2018


2268 Comments


excited to check this

zaruyache
July 9th 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

cheq cheq cheq it ouuut

Hawks
July 17th 2018


64561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is amazing.

zaruyache
July 17th 2018


19997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Told yuh

Kaiwaz
July 17th 2018


7700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man. Pos'd.

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