Kekht Arakh   Pale Swordsman
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 2021
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4.0 excellentBedex | April 18th 21

Black metal for sunny days? Music to be sad to in corpse paint whilst enjoying the sun? There is something magical about the way this mixes pretty sounds to a background wall of lo-fi raw-ish bm. 1-2 or 9 are prime examples of this, and perhaps the record's most unique trait. That's not to say the one-man band doesn't do aggressive bm well as well: 3-4 and 7-8 amply prove the contrary, whilst the softie break in the middle is most welcome. The prod won't sit right with everyone but I dug it. My only real gripe with this comes at the end, which is a shame. There is no transition between 9 and 10, and that's the first time the record fails in construction because before that it flows superbly well. And on top of that, 10 is a bit too long and cheesy I found, even though the other cheesy/romantic/emo bits on the album worked well. So album conclusion could be improved on and drops this down a bit, but tbh I wasn't planning on checking the rest of this discog and now I am wanting to do just that. 3.8

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5.0 classicGrumpy CONTRIBUTOR | April 11th 21

Albums like this are the highest reward for the dwellers of the underground. I haven't heard a classic old-fashioned black metal/ambient release quite a long time. It has everything I love: the eerie melancholy, the contrastinc romanticism, the endless love for the sound of the early '90s, and of course: the riffs.
I'm really loving this.

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