Britain, London, roast beef, and Big Ben chimes News at Ten! But Big Ben has been silenced for essential maintenance, and the chattering classes are up in arms! And it takes a foreigner, a Canadian, to rub it in releasing this album which starts off with tolling bells! Coincidence? Or saboteur?
I don’t think anyone chooses art as a career path, art chooses you! And an artist cannot stop creating, which brings me to Takhisis, another one-man project by Rich of Blackened Death Records. Rich’s output is varied as it is prolific, he is the World Controller, the man behind Elk, he lives in the Carnivorous Forest of Croydon, South London recording death metal, blackened doom, thrash and anti-fascist neo-folk under as many monikers as he has had hot dinners of poutine! And when he’s not ding that he is releasing other band’s work on his label.
Great oaks grow from tiny acorns…. and with this crop of fine releases a fragile branch soon becomes a tremendous forest!
Vials of Wrath offer us a blend of theatrical blackened ambience alongside more traditional black metal with a nature themed content, however we are led to believe by the biog that it discusses the ideas around a supreme being creating the flora and fauna. An interesting concept for this genre, as it’s not the overt satanic, or anti-Christian themes, nor does it appear to be the neo pagan ‘back to nature’ ethos of Wolves in the Throne Room and their ilk. More like ’marvel at your environment and think about our interaction with these surroundings and what power created it all’ Is this the first Intelligent Design black metal offering?
Musically it is very controlled and vastly competent. A balance of beauty and chaos; whether it is the atmospheric ambient electronics, or the emotive highs and lows of the guitar work, it bubbles over the deeper, darker bass and drum work that elude to the chaos within, packaged together with the gurgling strangulation styled vocals. Another way of representing the energies of nature, beautiful chaos!