Canadian Black Metal band THE PROJECTIONIST have unleashed their second album Exalted Solitude today, that is geared to astound listeners with their style of early Black Metal. The band’s version of Black Metal is raw, and holds a strong underground vibe to it. In this era, it’s still surprising to see how bands have got that moving with this style.
To be very honest, this isn’t my favorite style of Black Metal but I think it could work. The band’s music is particularly reminiscent of Hellhammer, Beherit, Mayhem (old), Fullmoon, Behexen, Ulver to name a few. I enjoyed looking at the artworks, I think it carries a very eerie, early 20th century horror movie class with a ‘summoning’ appeal to it.
The band has attempted to make an album that is raw, powerful with the old school ‘Black Metal’ way of production, yes. Don’t expect a polished/ rich production. At times, it sounds more like Noise Black Metal, again, that isn’t my cup of tea either, but thanks to the diversity that keeps the spark in between each track. Sometimes, Black Metal played monotonously can get really boring. This Black Metal is raw with low production value; heavily distorted guitars with fast tremolo picking, traditional Black Metal chord progression with specific time scale; high pitched shrieked vocals; drums that are played the Hellhammer way with lots of double bass and blast beats. There’s no other drummer who I can think of can play this way. The overall atmosphere built in the album from the first track to last one ‘Harpy Whispers Malice’ is played in the old Scandinavian way. This is not bad.
It’s raw, extreme and blasphemous!
Listen to the full album-
10.Harpy Whispers Malice (The Regent’s Downfall)
Vocals: Lord Matzigkeitus; Guitars: Parageist; Drums: Malphas (Guest appearance by Christopher Hernandez of Xasthur)
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Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor/ Owner)