BLACK BONED ANGEL — Verdun

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Album · 2009

Tracklist


1. Prayer Sodden Holes / Tears Strike the Mile High Gong / Creeping Barrage (51:55)

Total Time: 51:55

Line-up/Musicians


- Jules Desmond / bass
- James Kirk / guitars
- Campbell Kneale / guitars, drums

About this release

Released August 17th, 2009 on Riot Season records.

CD in a card gatefold sleeve, limited to 1000 units. Three tracks pressed as one continuous track.

LP (black) limited to 500 units, tracklist:
A. Prayer Sodden Holes [19:20]
B. Creeping Barrage [19:55]

Thanks to triceratopsoil, Bosh66 for the updates

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BLACK BONED ANGEL VERDUN reviews

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renkls
It's generally perceived that Black Boned Angel's Verdun is their high watermark in their career so far, and out of the four albums of theirs I've heard, I tend to agree. Although, like most drone doom metal albums, there is the deceptively simple design - a single song album which only contains subtle variations on/around/within what appears to be a pretty straightforward riff or pattern - what matters here more then in their other works is probably the concept, and the power which follows behind this release. Verdun is a famous/infamous battle ground of the second world war, a nightmarish 3 day battle immersed in what I can only imagine was a hellish sense of dread, despair and doom. And so, what better concept album for a drone doom band to base their album on? Throughout, things go from ominous in the first five minutes, to an outburst that sustains for the next half of the album length, then a brief respite and return to ominous dread, before the noise laced, erratic and intense finale kicks in. Powerful, depressive, but quite unforgettable if you're a drone doom fan - this is an album that may not be regular listening material, but in the right atmosphere, will blow you away, time and time again.

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Haze
New Zealand’s Black Boned Angel specialise in reductive drone based doom, and Verdun, their 12th release, is a monolithic beast. BBA concentrate on epic, often experimental, instrumental doom, with a firm focus on the heaviness and the riff. Stripped of any supercilious add-on’s their sound, and ethos, is akin to similar artists like Japan’s Corrupted or early Sunn O))). Verdun, named after one of the battlefields of the First World War, is an impressive hour-long three-passage piece tackling the fear before combat, the numbing sense of impending loss and the chaos of artillery fire and battle. Actual markers of where the tracks end and begin are indistinct, although the album has clear emotive shifts, discernible by the substance of the accompanying riffs and shift in emotive weight. This album represents something of a high mark for BBA, after their previous excellent split e.p with Canada’s Nadja, the use of smothered backing choral voices, dense splintered chords and distorted tones make for an album truly representative of the disorder and merciless nature of war. Highly recommended for anyone who favours the density of drone-based metal.

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