Kriegsmaschine   Apocalypticists
Release Date: 2018

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3.2 goodVoivod STAFF | October 22nd 18

Kriegsmaschine's black metal dissonance, although solid overall, goes through the motions in terms of intensity manifested either from the arrangements themselves or the production. The former could be more diverse, as Kriegsmaschine essentially adopt pretty much same hypnotic tempo throughout the album, ergo making it difficult for the listener to distinct one song from the other. As for the sound work, it feels like someone forgot to turn on the volume not only for the busy rhythm section (the most notable flop), but for the entire recording. On another note, while mitigating the risk of not being adequately atmospheric, sound texture lacks the edge and "menace" that someone seasoned in dissonant black metal would expect. Stream:

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2.5 averagezaruyache | December 27th 18

The drumming's groovy, the guitars have that nice malevolent technical DSO vibe, but the pacing is utterly stagnant. It's all mid-paced black with no changes in tempo and not much in the way of crescendo; "Apocalypticists" is essentially black metal that uses its mathy grooves to create an unsettling atmopshere but then never goes anywhere with it. Sure it's kind of like Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord, but with no changes in dynamics or tempo you know ahead of time how each track will end; essentially the same way it began--and that's just no fun for music like this. While I understand that making the music more dynamic *would* make them look more like just another DSO clone and that keeping to one tempo makes them look more like an artistic inversion of that group (and thus the point of the record), but on "Apocalypticists" the guys from Mgla just don't make that point in a very engaging way.


4.0 excellentramon. CONTRIBUTOR | October 22nd 18

a perfect record to introduce someone to more dissonant strains of black metal afaic. one of the best drum performances on a bm record this year. doesn't try anything new and doesn't really need to. very groovy, very accessible, very very fun fun time yes yes yes YES


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