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Boomkat Product Review:
Continuing Aurora Borealis's exploration into the muddier waters of blackest metal comes this unexpected gem from Portland Oregon's L'Acephale. Taking their moniker from a secret society and publication from French writer and occasionally atheist mystic Georges Bataille this dark intellectual thought is carried directly into the band's singular and dirt-ridden experimental sound. Taking cues from Burzum's career-defining 'Filosofem' but also gleaning influence from the likes of Drudkh, Akitsa, Ulver, Striborg and Hate Forest this is the kind of black metal that I just don't hear enough of - both effortlessly noisy and lo-fi but powerful and frenetic at the same time. Walls of melancholy fretwork are built over powerful super-fast drumming and the razor-fed vocal work of frontman Set Sothis Nox La to create grim textures of menacing sound tailor made to keep you from sleeping right ever again. 'Mord und Totschlag' is quite surprisingly the band's debut demo cassette and has been re-released in deluxe format (with a fancy poster and booklet!) with some extra material, but don't let the 'demo' status put you off, just as with so many other USBM acts, these early demos are often the most singular and defined efforts from the band and certainly I've been won over by L'Acephale. Interspersing the album randomly with peculiar bursts of synthetic ambience, noise and drone (not unlike Striborg) this is a shockingly detailed album, far more grandly realised than so many similar albums in the genre coming across far more like a well crafted story than is usually to be expected. By the time you reach the album's centrepoint - the 21 minute epic 'Against a Weeping Sea of Sleep'; a long form piece of pure funereal hatred which travels effortlessly from hyper distorted and primitive black metal into acoustic strumming and drone before weaving its wicked way into droning doom. An absolutely shocking piece of work from start to finish - metal fans, noise fans and doom followers take note, this is a band I have a feeling we will be hearing a great deal more from in the months and years to come! Huge recommendation.