Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, November 12, 2021

Prospectors - Proven Lands

Prospectors are an interesting one. Their unique take on black metal is unorthodox to say the least, full of math-y explorations and unexpected rhythms. The end result is a record that revels in its own weirdness and seems to continually push the band forward in terms of volume and burning hatred. Proven Lands is a stunner because of the lengths Prospectors take their brand of black metal. It's a thrilling amalgamation of bands like Krallice and Dysrhythmia, but their are many frills Colin Marston would never throw in. 

I think what charms be about this album is the way that the band takes all of these avant black metal ideas and then fuses them with a more typical European sensibility. Where many of the American exploratory black metal bands are really focused on being weird, Prospectors package the weirdness in a way that many classic black metal devotees are more likely to understand. While there are tons of unorthodox choices, Proven Lands manages to ride the knifes edge of normalcy and madness. This is quite the statement for an instrumental black metal record that cites Behold! The Arctopus as a core influence. 

Proven Lands is an impressive record and one that just keeps on giving. Prospectors have really found a way to explore black metal that is wholly their own. This is a record that challenges listeners and forces you to delve ever deeper into their overarching vision. Proven Lands routinely impresses not just with technical acrobatics but a larger journey that lets listeners feel like they've really accomplished something as they come to the end. Prospectors may have offered a dense listen here, but it's one that pushes the boundaries of the genre. 

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