Yellow Eyes - Rare Field Ceiling review




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Band: Yellow Eyes
Album: Rare Field Ceiling
Release date: June 2019


01. Warmth Trance Reversal
02. No Dust
03. Light Delusion Curtain
04. Nutrient Painting
05. Rare Field Ceiling
06. Maritime Flare


This year has been absolutely crazy for black metal, whether Icelandic, French, Dutch or Polish. USBM hasn't really been lacking either, but Yellow Eyes are sure to make their mark and make choosing a top ten for the year even more difficult.

I don't need to tell you how great some of the modern USBM is, bands like Ash Borer, Krallice, Woe, Panopticon and all that namedropping. This is New York outfit Yellow Eyes's fifth album, and by now I think we should start namedropping them as well. If they can get my attention in a year swarming with great black metal releases, that's gotta mean something.

Rare Field Ceiling sounds weird. Not weird enough to be avant-garde or anything like that. Not hypnotic enough to be psychedelic. But somehow both of those descriptors aren't exactly unfit for the music. In their grainy lo-fi production, there seem to be fogs similar to second wave revivalism, but ones that still feel made by a modern USBM band, thus managing to both feel extremely anachronistic and raw, and also giving enough attention to making each instrument perfectly audible. And black metal that sounds dense and raw has been done before a million times, but somehow Rare Field Ceiling manages to hit a sort of sweet spot where it feels very immersive.

It might have to do with how great the performances on the record are. The vocals are the most one-dimensional aspect of the album, and even those transmit so much rabid vitriol through them that they're impossible to write off. Drumming that feels slightly jazz inspired in how they are constantly shifting, while the guitars are also never sitting too long on a single riff. All of this might seem to take the album in too much of a technical direction, but this does not come at the expense of the atmospheric immersion that the record has. The transitions between pieces are so odd, but it never feels like they were artificially plastered together, which is essential when writing songs as long as Rare Field Ceiling's, where almost all are over seven minutes. Complete with a few choirs and field recordings supposedly captured in Siberia, the album feels even more ethereal.

I will politely ask 2019 to stop releasing great black metal. I could honestly only review black metal from now on and I would still have plenty of writing to do. I'm not sure if Rare Field Ceiling is really top of the notch, but the fact that I'm not immediately certain of this is only a testament of what a great year this has been. And it's not even over yet.



 



Written on 16.07.2019 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


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Comments: 3   Visited by: 58 users
16.07.2019 - 21:41
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
The whole album comes together really well. Might not be their best effort but it's a damn fine one. Definitely have to agree with you on the quantity of great black metal releases that have come out this year. Makes it difficult to place this one in the ranks.
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16.07.2019 - 22:15
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Alex F on 16.07.2019 at 21:41

The whole album comes together really well. Might not be their best effort but it's a damn fine one. Definitely have to agree with you on the quantity of great black metal releases that have come out this year. Makes it difficult to place this one in the ranks.

I tried narrowing down 10 black metal albums that I'd nominate for the MSA and I got angry at how many I would have to leave out even if I only had it my way.

While I really enjoyed this one and it has somewhat of a unique sound, there were just so many more I really liked too.
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Take off those stupid glasses and kiss me
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18.07.2019 - 14:20
nikarg
Old Nick
Yeah, good band. Immersion Trench Reverie was really one of the stand-out bm albums of 2017 and this is pretty good too. The only thing that I don't like about them are the vocals. As you say they are one-dimensional and I would add that they're too much in-your-face for me.
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