Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

夢遊病者 - Noč Na Krayu Svet

Avant garde black metal is sort of by definition tricky business. Very often bands jump off a metaphorical cliff, crafting music that makes no sense or is just too weird. 夢遊病者 (Which translates to 'Sleepwalker') walk on this knifes edge. They craft music that is dark and powerful, but also deeply weird. There are all sort of strange twists and turns on their latest offering, Noč Na Krayu Svet and it's certain to keep listeners mesmerized as they try to find their way through the layers of madness that makes this such a potent offering. 

On Noč Na Krayu Svet 夢遊病者 take cues from everyone from Bohren and Der Club Of Gore to Urfaust or even The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. What I'm trying to say is this record is really fucking dense. If you're not the sort of person who is already very into avant garde music you are realistically, not going to like what's going on here. The soundscapes are unforgiving and the overarching vision is just a little bit terrifying. It's hard to get through this record, especially if you're a novice in the world of avant garde black metal. However, if avant garde black metal is sort of your thing then this is an album that is going to stand out. 

While this may be one of the densest records I have heard all year it is also a very rewarding one. 夢遊病者 have found a way to craft psychologically disorienting music that captures the imagination. There is a real sense of the bizarre here that gets under your skin and leaves people just a little bit terrified. If you thought a band like Sigh went to strange places, then you aren't even ready for the number 夢遊病者 will do on your skull. Noč Na Krayu Svet is a punishing listen, but a worthwhile one that will keep devotees coming back.

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