November 28, 2012
Mutilation Rites - Empyrean (2012)
Mutilation Rites (I could have sworn there was a Les Legions Noires band of the same name, too) is a young band from NY who plays black metal infused with some doom/death and crust elements. Clocking in at 35 minutes, Empyrean isn't the most meaty debut album ever recorded, but it has nonetheless some nice ideas, harsh tremolo-picked riffs and some really tortured vocals working in its favor. I didn't include the album cover art at the top of the post because it's some boring, random, run-of-the-mill, black and white drawing of some galactic vortex or something. Instead, take a look at the band members. More specifically, at that dude on the right. Look at that fucking hipster! He looks like Iron&Wine's father or some shit.
So I guess what I'm saying is if you want to hear black metal played by dudes who look like this, give Empyrean a shot. It's not bad.