26 thoughts on “Futile Exercises in Futility

  1. Jerry Hauppa says:

    I saw this band recently, and what I took away from this is that the melancholic nature of the melodies differ from black metal in that when utilized in black metal they reflect an observance of the failed state of society and enforce an innate superiority over it, whereas here they directly reflect vulnerabilities of the band or narrative speaker that the band is creating. This and the insistence of a single tonal trope for the entirety of their set left me completely hollow as a listener, and not in the intended way that they commanded.

    1. GGALLIN1776 says:

      “We suck to reflect how much society sucks”

  2. ODB says:

    I have a strange soft spot for this album. You can tell the band is sincere; isolated moments are transcendent, even, but as a package it fails. Post-metal is about the right title for it, I agree.

  3. Silence says:

    Unfortunately I think the modern metal milieu condemns a lot of sincere bands who, in the 90s, might have been driven to produce worthwhile pieces of art into writing facile, single note music because that is what they are surrounded by, know, and understand. None of us live in a vacuum and so people making metal music today have ‘successful’ bands like DsO, Panopticon and Mgła as inspiration compared to Emperor, Immortal and Mayhem 25 years ago. Looking at what remains of ‘black metal’ today is it any wonder that new bands are doomed to fail from the outset?

    1. squishy crackers that got rained on says:

      ‘we suck because everyone else sucks’

  4. Rainer Weikusat says:

    More black New Model Armytal. Or maybe black river pebbletel — anything remotely edgy (Someone might hurt himself with that! Keep health & safety in mind!) long smoothed away by the murmuring water and what remains is grandstandingly armchair-despaired anti-whatwasthename(doesntmatter) melodancholy.

    Something I had running after Mayhem last Friday and I already thought that was borderline artistry for the sake of it:


    (What’s it going to be called this time? American telephone metalcore?)

    But that’s at least much nicer music.

  5. Fog says:

    Such comments and criticism does not come from a purist black metal, or someone who spend all day, weeks, months and years listening to black metal, is just another fly on the wall, not suitable for musicians, go to your room to listen Dream Theater.

    1. Rainer Weikusat says:

      If you’re absolutely in love with this beautiful-music-for-goth-girls-or-their-(aspiring?)-boyfriends, you could try


      This seems musically more interesting to me (despite I resent this mock-beauty) and it’s at least not whiny.

  6. Marc Defranco says:

    I enjoy this band but mostly the early stuff. I also appreciate them sticking up for their label when SJWs were having a fit.

  7. Svmmoned says:

    Arkona, Mgła, Furia and others from that branch – they simply don’t get it. They think that black metal is about “negative emotions”, resignation, autodestruction. The true relevance of black metal, the fact that it actually revived entirely different path is somehow lost on them. Instead they provide existential nihilism and apathy in musical form. There’s no need for more of that.

    1. Speculative Nutrition says:

      It’s the Second Wave of DSBM.
      The 1st was, what, 2004-2011, whenever Xasthur ‘n Leviathan rose/fell.

      1. C.M. says:

        DSBM is the lowest of the low when it comes to genres, around the same level as pirate metal. However, Xasthur actually succeeded in that hateful tormented sound. Still terribly unpleasant to listen to but I applaud his determination and wish he’d get on drugs or something so he can try making better ambient music.

        1. Speculative Nutrition says:

          You’ve got a point; the nigga DID create gruelingly abrasive shit.

          Did you know he went on to ‘doomgrass’, under the name Nocturnal Poisonings?

          1. C.M. says:

            Sounds awful. I’ll get it a whirl though.

      2. Rainer Weikusat says:

        This is not depressive, not anymore than it expresses anything else resembling a strong emotion. This is just fabric conditioned crap.

    2. Baaaarp says:

      Indeed. And still we must never give up…

  8. Dr Khan says:

    This review is terrible. The criticisms in this review are so vague and abstract as to be meaningless. Buzzwords and phrases with nothing specific that applies them to the music in question.

    This review fails to describe what the music sounds like and makes comparisons that are just silly. I mean, WTF is this:

    “The one merely sits uneventfully while the latter creates castles in the fog, takes you down untrodden paths and brings you up to the highest peaks unreachable to common humanity. This is, of course, provided mainly through the evolving narrative that Burzum provides as opposed to the story-less wall of sound that Mgła present. However, character at each point is given by the temperament that nuances in mode and harmony communicate to human beings.”

    Stupid dumb fuck review LOL.

    1. The review is written in Spanglish metaphors.

    2. squishy crackers that got rained on says:

      unfortunately the album is still shitty

      1. Dr Khan says:

        A case not made by the review itself because it has all the substantive content of a Pitchfork Media hipster douchebag review.

        1. Rainer Weikusat says:

          This may have been your impression but it certainly wasn’t mine.

    3. Belisario says:

      The paragraph you quote is a fancy way of saying that in Burzum’s music there is a lot happening, while latest Mgla is flat and barren despite the technical proficiency and (ersatz of a) particular style. You don’t need to be a genius to get that, be it from the very text or from a couple of listenings.

  9. harsh critiquer of vest patcheses says:

    This is a band that suddenly had CDs in distros and was suddenly on a lot of fest dates. I’ve been around them playing live twice and I couldn’t tell you if it was them or Taake or Sargeist, just a bunch of $10 CD “black metal product” with an apathetic crowd desperately clawing at their mobile devices.

  10. Can you survive the blitzkrieg says:

    The cover features a South American in a desperate fit of calisthenics to improve his physical features for mate selection but alas, his face is too engineered for coconut crunching to be of any attraction to a Euro decent mutt slut who pretends to like whatever her current boyfriend likes. I broke their concept mystery, now they can break off some nut bursts into each other’s rectums when they’re play moping backstage cause being underground famous still gets you no money and herpes scarred vaginas with a history of sibling fucking. “Daddy came into my room drunk and drooled on my face while he fingered me to a Sting record, now I listen to metal like a bad girl!”

  11. SouthAfrican warrior says:

    9.(with an apathetic crowd desperately clawing at their mobile devices) You’ll have to get used to seeing this, worldwide and in all concerts until eternity.

    10.(Can you survive the blitzkrieg) when you write South Americans, you mention all South American? including your black mother and you father procurer?

    That horror, there are still APES.
    Keep talking about music.

  12. Can you survive the blitzkrieg says:

    The illustration clearly shows a cannibal running away from an Impetigo album cover, so he is symbolically running away from the unsightly Impetigo crowd to the curious onlookery of a literal gorp of scenesters, a melting pot of townies, all jokingly throwing day other devil horns, and then there’s “the one that gets it” scowling the most and making brutal gestures of being really into it. Tonight they’re being black metal. Cannibals with horse teeth are from South America. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bAHnUgb4Ohc

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