Krallice call what they do “black metal”, but their music does not sound like the black metal I grew up on. Things are more in doom, it’s atmospheric, it’s still heavy but there’s a lightness within, or at least with these guys. In other words, Krallice aren’t a death metal band that sound like they’re from the 80’s, 90’s, or even the 00’s, this is a few steps higher than my accepted norm and I like what I hear. While Dimensional Bleedthrough was released on CD last year by Profound Lore, Gilead Media released it last month as a double vinyl (my copy on clear vinyl), so it was new to me.
The fact that this style of death metal is “advanced to me” doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take from the metal styles of the old, because the album actually begins in a way that sounds like NWOBHM. “Aridity” sounds like some of the best metal styles throughout the 80’s and 90’s, but in a progressive sense, at times an industrial sense. What I also like about this band, a trio, is that they go at it at marathon lengths, jumping out at you with vocals that can sometimes sound like screams but are more controlled and defined. Then they’ll go on these extended musical journeys that sound wonderful, but without getting lofty. Then in a song like “The Mountain” they just play furiously with walls of guitar and throaty vocals, it’s as if you’re hearing vocal cords rip, bleed, and ooze. Just as you want to get into the intensity, the song ends, but then you flip it to side three and you’re on another twisted metal adventure for 12 minutes. There’s a lot going on in these songs, so while you are able to bang your head at will, give this a serious listen by sitting through it, and you’ll hear levels of genius that will eventually put them amongst the metal greats.