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Rorcal is a sludge / post-sludge / drone / post-black metal band from Geneva in Switzerland, formed in 2006.
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RORCAL Myrra, Mordvynn, Marayaa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Myrra, Mordvynn, Marayaa
Sludge Metal 2008
RORCAL Heliogabalus album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Drone Metal 2010
RORCAL Világvége album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Atmospheric Black Metal 2013
RORCAL Κρέων / Creon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Κρέων / Creon
Atmospheric Black Metal 2016
RORCAL Muladona album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Metal 2019

RORCAL EPs & splits

RORCAL The Way We Are, The Way We Were, The Way We Will Be album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Way We Are, The Way We Were, The Way We Will Be
Sludge Metal 2006
RORCAL Ascension (with Kehlvin) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ascension (with Kehlvin)
Sludge Metal 2008
RORCAL Monochrome album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Sludge Metal 2008
RORCAL Prelude To Heliogabalus (with Music For The Space) album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Prelude To Heliogabalus (with Music For The Space)
Drone Metal 2011
RORCAL Rorcal & Solar Flare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rorcal & Solar Flare
Drone Metal 2011
RORCAL Profond Barathre / Rorcal / Malvoisie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Profond Barathre / Rorcal / Malvoisie
Black Metal 2012
RORCAL Rorcal / Process Of Guilt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rorcal / Process Of Guilt
Black Metal 2014
RORCAL La Femme Sans Tête album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
La Femme Sans Tête
Drone Metal 2015

RORCAL live albums

RORCAL Világvége - Live In Geneva album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Világvége - Live In Geneva
Sludge Metal 2014

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RORCAL La Femme Sans Tête

EP · 2015 · Drone Metal
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My first drone album - and it was a pleasant experience!

Rorcal is a doom/drone/experimental band from Switzerland, specialized in huge tracks mixing atmospheric passages and crushing riffs. La Femme sans Tête is an EP (despite its half-hour lenght) containing one song divided in three movements.

The first track is calm and minimalist, with sparse sounds of electronics and some drumming. The second one brings noise and that marvellous crushing riffs. It's more varied than one can imagine, I even banged my head at some point! The third track follows this trend and end the album in a high note.

Good album, indeed. Recommended for fans of drone doom and experimental sounds.

RORCAL Heliogabalus

Album · 2010 · Drone Metal
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A sonic dirge of mammoth proportions.

Doom metal is part of my staple diets these days, and being attracted to a genre that is renowned for some of the most aggressive, powerful and visceral music around, it's good to see my expectations fulfilled with Rorcal's Heliogabalus; a concept album of one 70 minute track, chronicling the infamous emperors four year reign of excess.

Opening deceptively soft with a minute of ticking on the edge of a drum cymbal, out of nowhere a massive riff hurtles us into the opening passage, and indicates the nature of the journey you're about to go on. A minute later, the first vocals appear, best described as protracted gurgling screams and rasping howls of anger. Get used to them, they're the dominant vocal style throughout the composition. They fit the concept well and for someone who is not accustomed to doom, they're quite shocking.

About the lyrics; they're incomprehensible due to the vocal treatment - but in the context of the album, it seems fitting. The band has made the statement in an interview that it is more about the feeling then the words themselves, and fitting to that idea, Heliogabalus is one angry, cathartic beast.

It's not seventy straight minutes of a dirge, ala Corrupted (Paso Inferior), but it takes dips and turns throughout, most prominently a five minute drum and keyboard interlude and 10 minute piano and organ segue in the center of the piece. However, it's never less then dynamic enough to maintain your full interest. While the opening eight minutes may seem at first to be a repeating riff, there is enough experimentation and slight alterations to the riff to give a full bodied covering to the track. This is greatly assisted by the fact the band played all the instruments live.

The album shows some influence from post-metal bands like Dirge and nails exactly what I think modern doom should shoot for, bleak, angry and powerful - but never less then fully engaging. For a seventy minute track to keep your full attention all the way through is a massive achievement, and in doom, certainly an even greater challenge in the nature of the music it presents.

Rorcal has pulled this release off incredibly, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any and all doom fans - and seeing as it's free for download (!), I advise you go over to their website and check this monolith of sludgy doom out.

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