Boomkat Product Review:
'Postsocial' is the breathtaking 8th album from Wold, an infamous black metal unit with strong binds to the landlocked plains of Regina, Saskatchewan, in central Canada. Stephen O'Malley's reissue of their 'Freermasonry' (2011) LP first introduced us to their work - subsequently igniting the most gratifying discovery of an exceptional back catalogue. 'Postsocial' is a culmination of ideas core to Wold's philosophy, heading deeper into a world of visceral howls and internalised harmonics. Two opening pieces, 'Throwing Star' and 'Inner Space Infirmary' employ guitars and electronics together with clan leader Sean Campbell aka Fortress Crookedjaw's poised and possessed vocals to create roiling, bruising assaults and chokingly affective system harmonics. The longer and intense 'Five Points' and 'Spiral Star Inversion' expand on the five-pointed star metaphor with labyrinthine results for intrepid explorers, culminating in "ritualistic conjuration and copulation of the hag", and 'Sapphire Sect of Tubal Cain' providing further drone assaults and distanced, squinted harmonic shapes. We don't think we'll ever fully grasp this group: they remain a largely unquantifiable entity, an enigmatic band with a genuinely original, inimitable, often impenetrable sound - making them one of the most fascinating units operating in experimental music today.