Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Iskandr - Vergezicht

This is a powerful one. Iskandr are a one of a kind force in the underground, and this latest offering, their fifth release since 2016, is masterful. There is a real sense of poetry in the larger than life ministrations of their new record, Vegezicht. This is an offering that leans into the grandiose and bombastic with high flying compositions that capture the imagination, and dungeon delving epics that leave you questioning your sanity. In other words it's a black metal nerds black metal record, and one you won't soon forget. 

Vergezicht impresses because of how it pulls from a whole variety of influences. There are classic black metal moments, but also parts that shine brightly under the influence of Neurosis or even King Crimson. It's this willingness to bring in a variety of ideas and to shine forth that really helps to make this such a compelling record. Yes, much of it can be very challenigng and dense, but the more time you spend with it the more Iskandr's unique vision becomes clear. This is black metal done with a different sort of take. It's a record that is proud of its diverse influences and which uses them to drag us all to hell.

Iskandr is an immensely talented band who are pushing the genre into bold new heights and the more you uncover within their legend the more it becomes clear just how spectacular a group this is and exactly why we need to be paying attention to their latest ministrations. Vergezicht is an emotive and thrilling record. An album that continually morphs and folds in upon itself suggesting exciting new layers to the band. Capturing this magic and falling in love with the vision time and time again is the pleasure of the record.

Pre-order the album!

https://iskandr.bandcamp.com/

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