KRALLICE

Black Metal / Atmospheric Black Metal / Technical Death Metal / Progressive Metal • United States
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Krallice are a New York-based experimental black metal band. The group consists of guitarist Colin Marston (Behold... The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia), guitarist/vocalist Mick Barr (Orthrelm), bassist/vocalist Nick McMaster, and drummer Lev Weinstein. They debuted with their self-titled album in 2008.

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KRALLICE Krallice album cover 3.33 | 5 ratings
Krallice
Black Metal 2008
KRALLICE Dimensional Bleedthrough album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Dimensional Bleedthrough
Black Metal 2009
KRALLICE Diotima album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Diotima
Black Metal 2011
KRALLICE Years Past Matter album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Years Past Matter
Black Metal 2012
KRALLICE Ygg Huur album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Ygg Huur
Black Metal 2015
KRALLICE Prelapsarian album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Prelapsarian
Black Metal 2016
KRALLICE Loüm (with Dave Edwardson) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Loüm (with Dave Edwardson)
Black Metal 2017
KRALLICE Go Be Forgotten album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Go Be Forgotten
Black Metal 2017
KRALLICE Mass Cathexis album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Mass Cathexis
Black Metal 2020
KRALLICE Demonic Wealth album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Demonic Wealth
Atmospheric Black Metal 2021
KRALLICE Crystalline Exhaustion album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Crystalline Exhaustion
Atmospheric Black Metal 2022
KRALLICE Psychagogue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychagogue
Atmospheric Black Metal 2022
KRALLICE Porous Resonance Abyss album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Porous Resonance Abyss
Progressive Metal 2023
KRALLICE Mass Cathexis 2 - The Kinetic Infinite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mass Cathexis 2 - The Kinetic Infinite
Technical Death Metal 2023
KRALLICE Inorganic Rites album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Inorganic Rites
Atmospheric Black Metal 2024

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KRALLICE Orphan of Sickness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Orphan of Sickness
Black Metal 2011
KRALLICE Hyperion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hyperion
Black Metal 2016

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Traditional
Black Metal 2011

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KRALLICE Inorganic Rites

Album · 2024 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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When it comes to insane batshit crazy avant-metal both Colin Marston and Mick Barr have cranked out some of the most unusual sounds that could still be tangibly connected to the metal universe. While their main gig KRALLICE seems to have become their stabilizing tour de force where they can exercise their experimental touches within some sort of traditional framework, this duo along with Lev Weinstein and Nick McMaster have also found a seemingly infinite number of directions to take this fearless intrepid band that lies in the murky bardo world between progressive, black and death metal. While the band took some time off in the 2010s so the members could engage in other projects, the 2020s have proven to be unusually prolific with the band releasing two albums in each year of 2022 and 2023.

Either the first or only album to emerge in 2024 is INORGANIC RITES, the 15th in the long and ever-changing canon of one of extreme metal’s most outrageously original acts of the 21st century. Following in the footsteps of last years disso-death fueled “Mass Cathexis 2 - The Kinetic Infinite” and the progressive space ambient fueled metal of “Porous Resonance Abyss” i wasn’t really sure what to expect but it seems that KRALLICE has opted for another dip into the world of progressively infused extreme metal with a heavy dose of progressive electronic and space ambient sounds to bring two distinct worlds together in a lethal dose of atmospheric metallic furor. With 10 tracks at over 66 minutes playing time, this is a lengthy beast that delivers all the expected trade marks of KRALLICE, namely knotty time signature rich progressive labyrinths of swirling sounds that erupt into black metal chaos as well as the deathened black metal vocal style that projects all the angst and gloomy despair you could hope for.

This time around though there is a LOT more focus on the synthesized parts with lengthy chunks of time dedicated to non-metal electronic space journeys that evoke classic Klaus Schulze and other Berlin School pioneers. While the band has always flaunted an atmospheric presence, on INORGANIC RITES they’ve taken it to the next level with entire tracks such as the 10 minute “Universe Ancestral Talisman” embarking on an astral plane journey complete unshackled from the lambast of blastbeats, tremolo guitar aggression and black metal dissonance. Fortified with trippy space ambient intros and intricately designed synthesized compositions that seem to overlap the metal constructs, INORGANIC RITES much of the time sounds like two separate albums played simultaneously only tailor made to overlap like a custom made sports jacket that fits in all those right places.

A strange and mondo bizarro album like pretty much any KRALLICE release has to offer, INORGANIC RITES takes the band’s progressive metal tendencies into overdrive and then fortifies it all with an almost orchestrated electronic layering effect. The results are electrifying and raising the bar in the limits of atmospheric accompaniments as often they are set so high as to become the dominant force. While the earlier tracks such as the early released “Flatlines Encircled Residue” seem to over-rely on the atmospheric touches as the primary focus, later tracks like “Fatestorm Sancturary” seem to get it right and allow the guitar, bass and percussive heft to rise to the top of the mix. The labyrinthine compositional structures are a bit hard to follow but they do unfold in a logical manner as they take the complexities of classic progressive rock and adapt them to the excesses of obnoxious extreme metal.

While this is considered black metal by some, there are moments where the band sounds more like Gorguts than anything in the black metal world but the vocal styles change it up offering even more diverse elements. While i could totally see the increased emphasis on the symphonic sounding space ambience as being annoying to some, in the crowded world of extreme metal it’s actually rather refreshing to hear something so dynamically different and not to worry extreme metalheads, KRALLICE loses none of its extreme metal intensity with all those brutal riffing sessions, moments of guitar squealing run amok and of course the bantering bass and drum furor. Fifteen albums later and KRALLICE seems like it’s just warming up and INORGANIC RITES shows the band still firing on all pistons.

KRALLICE Krallice

Album · 2008 · Black Metal
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KRALLICE began in 2007 and was masterminded by two ultimate guitar nerds. The first was Colin Marston who had just graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music technology in 2004. He soon would put the band Behold… The Arctopus on the map for being a highly innovative progressively oriented technical metal band and soon would also display his bass playing skills in the metal trio Dysrhythmia. The other half of the KRALLICE equation was in the form of Mick Barr, who has become one of the best known avant-garde guitarists of the 21st century with such bizarre and twisted musical concoctions such as Orthrelm, Ocrilim, Octis and Crop-Tech. These two never planned a band together but decided to collaborate to test the waters and ended up liking the music so much that they turned it into a more permanent project, thus KRALLICE was born.

Both of these guitarists have been known for their hyper-technical math metal since their beginning and together they create one of those larger than life bombastic furies unlike their contemporaries. They wasted no time creating their eponymously titled debut and released it in 2008. Barr handles vocals, guitar and bass and Marston on guitar and bass as well. Lev Weinstein joins the duo to perform equally compelling drum antics and a few additional vocal parts were performed by Nick McMaster. The debut KRALLICE album is characterized by a pummeling and brutal raw black metal sound that adopts the classic second wave lo-fi approach with many feedback and reverb affects added for that extra dimension of devilish distortion. Barr and Marston have notoriously utilized multi-layered guitar effects for their surreal bombastic and brutal dual guitar metal attacks and all those tricks and trinkets debut here as well.

While noticeably rawer and less produced than future albums, KRALLICE engaged in some of the most technically challenging black metal that has been released with a veritable influence coming from the San Francisco based Weakling which only released one highly revered album “Dead As Dreams.” Like Weakling, KRALLICE performs dissonant speed of light riffs with a reversing atmospheric presence that zigzag through surreal time signature frenzies and engage in an extremely progressive technical prowess that provides the ultimate example of “difficult musical listening.” The vocal style is muffled screams that emerge from beneath the bantering din and the drums were tuned as low as possible and recorded from a distance. Another trick is that the bass was played through two amps with different effects to allow a strange merging of different distortions.

Technically speaking, KRALLICE is on the top of their game with all the crazy antics and orotund creative extremities whizzing by at a million miles per hour however for whatever reason, the music of KRALLICE has never been able to inspire me beyond the technical admirations that they present. While taking every liberty to expand the lengthy compositional approach of what Weakling began including a sprawling 15 minute plus closing track, KRALLICE simply lacks interesting compositions as they all sound quite samey throughout, a trait that haunts their music to the present day. While bands like Deathspell Omega and Gorguts amongst others have found a thematic approach as to wrap their technical chops around, KRALLICE on the other hand sounds very much like a technically oriented band that forces the themes onto the desired calculations. This debut is interesting in how it creates musical textures and timbres hitherto unexplored but like all of KRALLICE’s lauded works fails to inspire repeated visits.

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