Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blood of Kingu-Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon

Blood of Kingu are a mighty black metal act. Yet, somehow they also manage to be more than that. See, their new record Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon (No points for being concise) shows the band to have a sort of antediluvian power. Sure, this is black metal, but the blazing riffs also speak to something much deeper and darker, a sort of primal blackness behind our own humanity. In a swamp of blast beats and electric rhythms, Blood of Kingu have managed to form something unholy out of the muck, a strange creation that will haunt your dreams.

These Ukrainian innovators have been pulling together this apocalyptic and slightly frightening black metal record in one of the most volatile political situations the world has scene in decades. Perhaps it is this that fuels the gargantuan beast who seems responsible for this record. Yet, as I mentioned before, these guys are pretty clearly turned onto something a lot grander than that. Their harsh gutturals come from a place of very personal blackness, something that a lot of people can relate too. Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon is one of those records that you could picture being on the soundtrack to hell, slowly leaving us feeling like our souls are being dragged out of our bodies.

Beneath this mountain of riffs and blazing rhythms I think we are then left with something that is greater than ourselves. If you were to tunnel a mine into the layers of instruments and effects that make up the Blood of Kingu sound you would find at the heart of the mountain a grain of truth. These guys have been able to come forth and craft a record that perfectly reflects the spirit of one of the most exciting bands on the international black metal scene today. As they stride forth, worthy and unholy, perhaps their new label Season of Mist will allow them the chance to bring their own brand of the truth across the globe.

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