Andracca
To Bare the Weight of Death


4.5
superb

Review

by InfernalDeity CONTRIBUTOR (38 Reviews)
January 20th, 2024 | 42 replies


Release Date: 01/19/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who will wipe this blood off us?

To bare the weight of death is to come to terms with our mortality; it is to stare into the abyss and surrender to its encompassing arms. What is the significance of a lifetime when placed on the scales of eternity? Wrestling with the incomprehensible will leave you pinned, grasping at straws, pleading for an answer. But silence is god here. The void and its secrets are too grand for the minds of those who are nothing more than a droplet in the sea of the dead.

We are creatures of reason. A question must have an answer, no matter the cost. Our ancestors filled the gap with the concept of god. After all, monolithic questions require equally vast gap fillers. And so, through the minds of the damned god was conceived, and through the minds of the skeptic, god is unceremoniously murdered. Nietzsche wrote it best, "Who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?" Consequently, the void returns. Whether the sentence fits the crime is irrelevant. This is our contract price.

Andracca is a UK black metal band from Lancashire, England, and that is the extent of my knowledge regarding their identity and origin. Do they venture untrodden paths? No, but they are navigating the ultimate frontier, and that will always serve as a source of endless fascination to those who are willing to explore the unknown. The first track of the album is the title track, To Bare the Weight of Death, and it is profoundly unsettling. The opening riff is slow and haunting. The vocalist's screams of defiance are compelling and controlled. As the track progresses, the influence of Mgła, particularly in their Exercises in Futility record, is immediately apparent. The drummer's use of cymbals is much more controlled than the aforementioned record, but it is still used liberally. The atmosphere is what you expect it to be—bleak and unforgiving. Nevertheless, it somehow never descends into full-blown nihilism. This can likely be attributed to the guitarist's irresistible penchant for harmonies that invoke a sense of hope in this bleak wasteland that the rest of the band has created. Ironically, this sense of hope is most palpable in the fourth track, Antithesis of Hope, which sports a gorgeous guitar solo before the rise of another blistering onslaught of blast beats.

The album closer, Hollow Altars, opens with an infectious riff and carries that momentum throughout. To Bare the Weight of Death is an emotional title for an album, and Andracca expertly conveys these emotions for the entire 38-minute run time. I wasn't expecting to have an album of this caliber this early in the year. Andracca are masters of mid-tempo black metal and have managed to wear their influences on their sleeves while still confidently asserting their own identity.If you want more solos in your black metal, but you don’t want to forfeit that zealous aggression, this is the record for you.



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Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna jam this tonight!

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2024


32015 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have it ready for tomorrow, nice to see a review for it already.



The second paragraph got me like "wat" but other than that great review!

InfernalDeity
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2024


596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I could edit that a bit

InfernalDeity
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2024


596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Let me know what you think Hawks. From what I've seen, we have pretty similar taste in black metal. This one scratched that itch for me.

Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamming now and it's slaying so far. Definitely get Mgla vibes but also has a really natural atmosphere similar to bands like Nechochwen and/or Blackbraid. Really good stuff. M///

InfernalDeity
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2024


596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, i'd second the Blackbraid. I really love the philosophical themes these kinds of bands pump out.

Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid 4 after first jam. Have u jammed new Abigor yet??? Early AOTY contender.

InfernalDeity
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2024


596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have not, but I love their stuff so i'm going to check it out now.

Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It might be their best tbh. And they've always been great. They took a bit more of an experimental approach this time and it's amazing.

InfernalDeity
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2024


596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have you heard Abduction - Black Blood?

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2024


32015 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That new Abigor... Is it really from this year? Saw somewhere it was released on December 31st of last year.

Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About to jam that Abduction album now. M///



Also new Abigor came out this month from what I've seen but idk for sure.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2024


10700 Comments


In Metal Archives, the release date for the new Abigor album is December the 21st.

Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well wtf lol.

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2024


622 Comments


Planning to listen to this

Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It slayz. Been a lot of great UK black metal releases over the past few years, including that Abduction album I just finished jamming about 20 minutes ago. M///

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2024


32015 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What Voivod said, 21st and not 31st.



Bandcamp also has it as January 18th but it seems it's for the CD version so bummer, can't run for AOTY this year. (I haven't heard it yet but love me some Abigor)

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2024


622 Comments


Yeah, Abigor was released late December, counts for 2023

Hawks
January 21st 2024


86833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn lol.

TheTripP
January 22nd 2024


4495 Comments


this sounds delicious



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