Friday, April 10, 2015
Bosse De Nage : "All Fours"
We are taken back to the post-hard core of 98 on "Washerwoman" . They are good at recreating this very Appleseed Cast like sound, before they explode into a more metallic spasm. 'In a Yard Somewhere" finds the band back in a more straight ahead path at least for the sort of sonic warfare they normally engage in. The vocals take on that static white noise like Deafheavens where there is just a layer of screaming. They slow into a few good grooves along the way.
They go back to a more black metal place on " To Fall Down". It blasts away with a sublime coating to it's snarl. When it breaks down into the bass thump it goes back to that 90s indie rock place. About five minutes in when it blasts back to its angry place it begins to make me zone out on it and seems less engaging than some of the other songs on this album. The album closes with the ten minute " The Most Modern Staircase" as song that is bigger on atmosphere than the sort of heaviness normally thought of in regards to black metal. The riffs glide along once the songs comes out of the slower intro. It is another song that lends itself to zoning out to so you might not be as fully engaged as you were earlier in the album. Not to say that there is not a pay off for some of the drone. The metal bursts back in at the two and a half minute mark. The tormented howls are not the same kind of harsh screams associated with this kind of thing.
I will give these guys credit as this is well executed and falls in like with the current landscape of post- blackmetal,so despite not being blown away there were some surprises so I will give this one an 8.5.