Crowhurst - Crowhurst (Ivory Antler Publishing and Recording)

Experimental black metal with pronounced currents of noise..
Release Date: 
9 Apr 2015 - 11:30pm

Crowhurst are hard to put in a box. Noise, black metal (both post, pre, experimental and/or other), sludge and a host of other nebulous genres come to mind. When Penumbra started I thought the walls would come tumbling down; such is the level of fat bass that came rumbling and lumbering out of the speakers in a sludge-tastic avalanche. But it was just a brief intro into A Precipice Of Stone which, while wearing a definite black metal cloak, appeared to have an industrial feel to it. I got quite into it. Research shows that Crowhurst have a background in noise and experimentation which is certainly apparent - though the noise aspect is kept on a reasonably tight lease throughout the album.

Judgement is mesmerising and I'm getting saucy notes of post-blackened metal within the robust framework of the track; vocally there's a consistent shriek and it fits well with the construction of the tunes. I'm really enjoying this so far. Then Black Oceans crawls out of the sea; dragging it's filthy black tentacles behind it, again, there's a hypnotic, mesmerising quality to it - there's also a hell of a lot going on with the instrumentation as the guitars bludgeon you into submission along with the pounding drums. Good stuff and slightly un-nerving. Nice.

Languorous Void pretty much continues the harsh aural assault. Everything seems very high-toned, sharp and crisp despite its form as a vast swirling soup. The word 'jagged' comes to mind and although I couldn't tell you who is doing what, everyone involved does it very well. Final track Luna Falsata definitely allows the noise out of the cage that its been locked in for most of the album with mentalist wub-wub-wubs and high-pitched electro madness. Guitars wail in the background and Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) does some crazy guest vocals. This actually consists of a monologue of Herzog's Burden of Dreams and it works very well. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album and will defintely frighten any small children and animals that happen to be in the vicinity when you pop this little beast on the stereo. A different direction for Crowhurst but an exciting one nonetheless. Noise and black have to love it...