Tuesday, April 21, 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Rage Of Devils: Black Sky


 There's a sentiment that one-man raw black metal is supposed to be excruciating--a genre of solitude, hatred, anger, and above all, pain. Rage Of Devils delivers on that sentiment.

This five-track debut EP follows the playbook perfectly-- harsh, unyielding production, guitars so harshly crunching that they're damn near chainsaws, raw, compressed drum lines that pound and crack like an artillery barrage. You Belong In Filth, the main single, damn near explodes with this destructive energy, with the strained, throat-squeezing vocals barely keeping up with the instruments at times, as though project mastermind Aaron Palmer is being physically tortured as he attempts to whelp out the threats he aims directly at those who would dare hurt those who risk their lives to cross the border.

I'm not going to lie here; I normally can't stand straight genre exercises. Straightforward grind bores me, black metal tends to cause my eyes to glaze over, and don't even get me started on by-the-books djent or post-metal. Aaron's latest is a rare exception, delivering by-the-books raw black with the force of a sledge to the skull and with a healthy amount of praxis and leftist politics.

Check out the track debut of the lead single on Episode VI, and if you enjoy it and want more, you can find the release--currently available via the name-your-price option--here.

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