There's been a lot of blackened death craziness being served up lately in our beloved metal genre. Within the past two years especially, it seems like the style has been seeing a return to form of sorts, with the likes of Bölzer, Teitanblood, Diocletian and others dishing out albums that are pleasantly old school, yet with a delicious modern twist. Of all these bands, however, it is probably Belgium's Emptiness who stand as the most immersing and emotive of them all. Their 2014 album encapsulates this idea perhaps better than ever before, and is nothing short of excellent.
Interesting. It's a great album, but I think there are about ~10 albums that are better from this year. I'm sure you can guess what my aoty is so far
Is the only album this year I've heard that feels truly fresh to me. A lot of bands are cottoning on to the whole dissonant thing and it's getting a bit old and predictable, even if they are well done (TGOO for example: very good but about 2 years or so too late). This has the benefit of being something I can't compare anything else to, as well as being extremely enjoyable to listen to, and perhaps most importantly an album that sits at the back of my mind as something I don't fully get yet.
While there are other great albums this year, they tend to exemplify existing ideas, whereas this album feels like a subversion of ideas, almost as though a deconstruction of black and death metal. Being something without actually being something is one the highest accolades I can ascribe and not many bands pull it off (Lurker of Chalice, Murmuüre etc)
I think Alex Fenger put me on to the their 2012 album which was really good. Thing is I'm not 100% sure it was that album as the name and album cover is really generic but it sounds like it. It was a good album, just overshadowed by Aevangelist.
Also, once it gets to the top 20, the rating will drop sharply as butthurt AtG and Insomnium fans hit it.
Soooo, I don't think there is a great rush to make the band visible (all it needs is a biography which, imo, is stupid)
Oh no I'm not the kind to want this or that band to make it to the top. I laugh at the people who manipulate votes to make a change in the annual top20. I just looked at the rating and wondered if the rules had changed.
Also, I remember reading something about the bio not being mandatory anymore. But I might be wrong again. Maybe an activation request for this has already been sent.
Well, this is strange. I've gone from not liking this at all to thinking it's decent to thinking it's actually a really great album. Funny how that works with some albums after quite a few spins. A real grower of an album if there ever was one.
Might be one of the most unique-sounding albums of 2014.
Agree with the above post that All Is Known is easily the strongest track, really epic piece.
As far as the rest of it goes, it's probably something I'd have to listen to more to be won over in the way most people seem to have been, and it's not quite compelling enough for me to do that listening right now, so I'll probably be reassessing this in a couple years, but I will say it's a really impressive exercise in menace and atmosphere which shows remarkable restraint when it comes to extremity and allows the suggestion of impeding danger and violence to drive things for the most part, with Tale of a Burning Man deviating from rather than exhibitng the norm for the album. Even if I'm not quite ready to lose my shit over the album, I like it a lot and can certainly see why everyone else is so in love with it.