cormorant Diaspora (CD, £15.95)
Cormorant is a progressive black/death metal band from Petaluma, CA. Formed in 2007, the group consists of bassist/vocalist Marcus Luscombe, guitarist Nick Cohon, guitarist/vocalist Matt Solis and drummer Brennan Kunkel. In addition to performing hundreds of shows throughout the Bay Area with notable acts like At the Gates, Wolves in the Throne Room, Ne Obliviscaris and Pallbearer, Cormorant has completed U.S. tours with Primordial, While Heaven Wept, YOB, Norska and others. Diaspora, their fourth LP, is the follow-up to 2014’s Earth Diver. Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA in late 2016, Diaspora sees Cormorant take their unique style of progressive metal in an expansive, adventurous direction. With four songs that total 61 minutes, the album features the band’s longest, most detail-oriented compositions to date—the collective result of two years of collaborative writing. Musically, Diaspora features familiar elements of black, death, prog and folk metal, but pronounced psychedelic and funeral doom influences can be heard throughout as well, particularly on the 26-minute closing epic, “Migration.” Diaspora also features dynamic performances from renowned cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, ex-Amber Asylum), and Utah-based visionary artist Jeff Christensen created the album’s vivid, four-panel artwork. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, the album is a crushing statement from one of the Bay Area’s most consistent extreme metal bands.
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