Friday, February 13, 2015

Black Metal History Month : Caiina's "Setter of Unseen Snares"

After another "True Detective " sample which is what all the cool kids are going to be sampling this year, the project finds it's self kicking into some of the more harder hitting metal than has touched upon in some time, after dabbling in many other elements the past few releases. The bass carries a denser and more powerful punch than what's been put out from the sole sonic conspirator Andrew Curtis- Brignell previous to this. This seems to be just the right blend of the sounds they have been playing with over the past few years. It carries a deep echo that might remind you of Nachtmystium as it charges forward.

The title track carries a similar delving into the deep dissonance. The vocals low and throaty against blast beats, this one is a little more death metal in feel along the lines of Ulcerate. "Vow Bound" picks up where the blast from the previous song left off and continues to mutilate it. There are so cool punchy of time accents that creep up into this.There is much more ebb and flow with dynamics for this song to play off of than the previous song offered which seemed boring in comparison. The vocals take on more of a choked croak that gives "Applicant Supplicant" more of a black metal feel. There is a single note melody the guitar plays that carries a little bit of a punk edge to the chant of "We are the damned..." which precedes the blast fest. The you hear of clean vocals which have been predominant in some of this projects other releases doesn't surface until the cool break down around the three and a half minute mark and  then it's a single not chant.

The actual sung vocal return on the final song "Orphan", they are oddly mixed in, falling out of the first three minutes of feedback and noise. The song takes a more doom turn and the vocals have goth like pleading that reminds me of My Dying Bride. Right before the six minute mark the croaky growls come back to scare the singing away. There is a dreary feel that works of the disjointed nature of the chord progression. You can hear a little Pallbearer in the angular nature the chords are worked against one another. I am most impressed by the final fifteen minutes of "Orphan" and thinks this is a much more accessible take on metal than Brigell has taken on previous albums. I will give it a 9. The influences are worn on his sleeve a little more , but he continues to grow as a song writer.

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