Monday, March 16, 2009

Black Math Horseman-Wylt


If I were judging music solely by band titles then prior to cracking open the case I figured this LA based act was to be heavy and the songs would be lengthy. Low and behold they turned out to be both yet a whole lot more as well. If I had to describe the Black Math Horseman in one word then the first one that pops into my mind is deceptive. In their music at first seems very basic as they focus on very simple and often singular sounds. Yet like some sort of sonic quicksand their music pulls you in and before you know it you are enveloped by sound. There is so much more to this band then there appears to be. They rely greatly on tones and repetition. That sounds easy, but the tones are rich and thick as molasses. The band uses repetition on numerous riffs on every song yet it never gets old because they how to serve it up. They know how to milk the nuances from every tiny part. Like the band name they ride through dark, shadow passages hitting a gallop when needed and slowing the motion down when called for as well. If there is one thing that sets this band apart it's that they don't push too hard. They are content to let the music flow and eventually it take on a life of it's own. Now this kind of subtle drone isn't for everyone, it can be tedious at first and some songs do blend together a little. Yet in the proper mood, this is an album where the band really pulled out as much as possible out of everything they did on this album.



Anonymous MeatShrapnel said...

This band is fucking incredible. Definately my favorite of all I have heard. Seeing them play all over Los Angeles for a few bucks here or there makes me feel incredibly lucky to live here. All member are incredibly talented and the music is incredibly forboding with explosive power and unrelenting wrath. The music builds and builds with powerful and clean dynamics, plateauing with dark menacing accuracy. It’s vorpal blade goes snicker-snack. Seras voice Conveys seduction and destruction all at once, and in it you feel her soul open and explosively slaughter all that stands in it’s way. The Black Math Horseman IS coming for you. And it won’t be pretty.

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