Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, December 26, 2016

Lorn - Arrayed Claws

It's been a minute since we've heard anything new from I, Voidhanger which is part of what makes it so exciting to hear them back on track with Lorn's latest - Arrayed Claws. A black metal record that feels distinctly I,Voidhanger-esque, that is to say, esoteric and cerebral Arrayed Claws hints at beauty in all the wrong places and reminds us time and time again that black metal is a genre that, while conforming to certain polemics remains wide open and permits for just about anything to shape up in its surprisingly lush soundworld.

Lorn are a great example of a band who transcend the sheer simplicity of their sound, relatively basic atmospheric keys, buzzing black metal riffs, lots of halftime drums in order to become greater than they are.The magic of Arrayed Claws is that it is far more than the sum of its parts. The long form compositions and soothing nature of the pianos balances out the sheer evil that some of these songs reek of. It's easy to get lost in the more overwhelming qualities of Arrayed Claws and at times the dance between ideas and the shifting soundworlds leaves you overwhelmed and in awe. An ambitious release to say the least, Lorn can't help but to impress.

With an album as dense as this one it's hard to convey all the emotions in communicates in just a few hundred words, but I will say this - Lorn seem tapped into something transcendent and only just starting to reach their full potential. The searing riffs are simply the backdrop to an antediluvian magic and an otherworld that I am only just starting to wrap my head around after multiple listens. I have no clue where the guys at I, Voidhanger keep finding these bands but by GOD are they not amazing!

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