Thursday, April 8, 2021

Kaltesblut - The Lost Art of Twilight

When it comes to black metal, it can be rather predictable. Covering the same old topics, with the same old riffs, and same blast beats, and the same shrill vocals we've all come to know and love. But, Kaltesblut, a US black metal band, who brings us their first full length album The Lost Art of Twilight, have brought an interesting twist to the genre. With a more laid back atmosphere and focusing on the melody, Kaltesblut, have created an album that approaches black metal from a more modern perspective.

While the album isn't very long, only running at 30 minutes, it doesn't leave out much. With each track being a decent length to all of them, they make sure not to leave you bored for eight minutes on a single track, repeating the same riff over and over. They make sure to change it up, creating interesting switches that flow from one another rather well. There's one break down, yes I said break down on a black metal album, that kinda took me by surprise. On the second track
Crimson Cascade, towards the end of the track is a fun almost djent style break down, with the bass and drums chugging along as the guitar creates a great atmospheric riff. Its only a short part, but its really cool hearing some experimentation going on while still respecting the root of the genre its self. There's elements of post-rock, djent, even a little bit of that shoegaze in there.

The vocals are also very solid, visceral and harsh, it sits nicely on top of all the instruments, not being taken over and left in the background, but being able to stand out on its own, even allowing the listener to pick out some of the lyrics through the screeches. The production is great as well, its clean enough for it to sound listenable for the average ear, yet still harsh and cold, especially on the vocals. I'm not sure if it was just my speakers, but either they added an effect on the vocals, or used a crappier mic on purpose to create a more lo-fi sound is a nice touch over the rather 'clean' guitars. Don't worry, still plenty of distortion and noise on this one though, for those who enjoy that stuff.

All in all, its another solid USBM album. I don't know if its just my own bias, but it seems like in the modern day, the old Scandinavian countries have been beat by the west when it comes to out kvlting the kvlt. Definitely check this out for those who're fan of the more cleaner atmospheric style black metal albums.

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