krallice Prelapsarian (LP, £21.50)label: Gilead Media
Krallice continue the saga of their artistic growth by crafting elaborately composed works that are increasingly more impossible to define by typical genre terms. Not quite death metal, although obviously borrowing a great deal from the genre. Further from black metal than they’ve ever been without losing continuity with their prior compositions. Technical without alienating the listener or scattering the musical narrative. Heavy without giving way to basic metal gimmicks. Blistering in speed while never losing their precision or power. And throughout the masterful balance in composition, Krallice also include lyrical content that appears to sway more on the side of the the personal, reflective, or commentatory as opposed to the seemingly more cryptic content of previous material. Prelapsarian stands as further evidence that Krallice are an ever-evolving entity whose works will not be shaped or defined by any force other than the desire of the band themselves. When they share their music with us it is a snapshot of their own pure intent. Includes the song “Hate Power”, which was included as part of the Adult Swim singles series. “There is no name for the music Krallice makes, only a sphere that encompasses it.” - NPR. “Prelapsarian is the most compact of the New York-based metal band's albums.” - Pitchfork (7.9 review).
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