Krallice
Psychagogue


4.3
superb

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
July 31st, 2022 | 21 replies


Release Date: 06/17/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Completed cave drawings.

When Krallice released Crystalline Exhaustion back in January this year I can’t help but say I was a bit miffed. I mean, Krallice is prolific no doubt but for all the band’s kinks, Psychagogue seems to be the natural successor to the band’s Crystalline Exhaustion, or in the very least a sum of Demonic Wealth’s parts, minus the swamp noises. Prolificacy wasn’t the issue…I just wasn’t ready for more Krallice just yet.

On the back of that rather nothing segue it’s worth mentioning that Psychagogue is less relevant in the recent releases pile of twenty-twenty-two goodies and yet being the second of Krallice’s releases this year it’s likely that it will be understated of the two. Unfairly, because Psychagogue is the better of the pair. At just under forty minutes Krallice’s newest export is sustainably brief. Overwrought, long compositions are compressed into affordable bite-sized swathes of proggy black metal goodness, but we’re still looking at tracks that aren’t afraid to swelter under or over the ten minute mark. Curious isn’t it? Somehow Krallice has become illusionists, tricking the listener into a sleight of ear that bends what actually is into what Krallice wants it to be. The album’s opening title track and “Deliberate Fog” pace over scrabbling foundations and Marston’s ever-present sound mixing. Feverish riffs flurry under an atmosphere that just seems a little too far away. “Arrokoth Trireme”, the record’s longest track of thirteen minutes, helps define Psychagogue as a record that brings Krallice back to earth after the smallest journeys through space. More akin to the swamp-led spontaneity of Demonic Earth than the mysterious voids of Crystalline Exhaustion. The track itself broils in shimmering crescendo, a build of atmosphere that eventually marches into place. The cinematic response acts like a war cry for the band’s die-hard following, holding hands with the dulcimer black metal furor more akin to the shrieks and snarls of the genre’s prominent first wave. In typical fashion, Krallice resorts to the avant garde crutch of the twinkle, and of the chime—and uses it like an oar guiding a boat down a gentle stream. In terms of dichotomy, it’s a pleasant break from the visceral, fury and weirder nuance that peppers the entire of the record without detaching the music from what’s clearly the modern Krallice formula.

“Reprisals of Destiny” closes the record with a sense of pomp, celebrating the band’s clearer, heavier frenetic passages. Ballsy shouts burst atop flurried blast, before the march takes a more atmospheric and markedly doomier trajectory. The creates a sensory full circle, bringing in both the album’s opening and title track, while also bridging the gap between the likes of Crystalline Exhaustion and Demonic Wealth before it. Overall, Krallice is right where Krallice expects they would be, living in the land of doing whatever the hell they want. After all, these albums just seem to pop out of the ground, or space, or the swamps near Mick Barr’s place and fans right now wouldn’t have it any other way.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2022


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

So this is terribly overdue. Apologies.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2022


16143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review! I didn't even know that Krallice had two albums out this year, but I'll give this a listen. I really enjoyed Demonic Wealth

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2022


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Didn’t think this was recent enough for a feature spot. Cool.

Deez
August 1st 2022


9008 Comments


Yes! Great review man. Tremendous record

trilo
August 1st 2022


5023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not liking this anywhere near as much as Crystalline Exhaustion but Deliberate Fog is quite rad

R4zor3dge
August 1st 2022


1448 Comments


Finally, this has a review lol

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2022


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

You could of wrote it?

R4zor3dge
August 1st 2022


1448 Comments


Nah. I’m not that good at reviews lol

Pikazilla
August 1st 2022


23602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well this slaps

Rowhaus
August 1st 2022


4569 Comments


God damn this band is a workhorse

MonumentsOfParalysis
August 1st 2022


625 Comments


No rest days for these boys.

Also, their album art continues to relentlessly rule

Eons
August 2nd 2022


3593 Comments


I don't know why but it seems like this is one of those bands who get unnecesary hatred thrown at them, usually people talking about how they should do some specific sound or else they suck, etc. I mean have you read that ridiculous 1.5 review that user Hyperion did on here for the 'Years Past Matter' album? Lol

DDDeftoneDDD
August 2nd 2022


20654 Comments


Wait what?

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
August 2nd 2022


11113 Comments


Krallice have been routinely excellent since 2017 and good before that, hard to remember why they were such a frequent target for the trvekvlt crowd now.

Pikazilla
August 2nd 2022


23602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think it all started with crysis's cosmic tremz of dick memeing

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2022


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Everyone likes dicking a tremolo from time to time.

Pikazilla
August 2nd 2022


23602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

psychagorgeous

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2022


17436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Pika-[en]gogue

DDDeftoneDDD
August 10th 2022


20654 Comments


Listened tgrough their bandcamp. Its supposed the album to end abruptly?

R4zor3dge
August 10th 2022


1448 Comments


Yup. That caught me off guard



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