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Black Bone Exorcism – Crack The Bone, Break The Heart
One of the things that I love
most about music is that it can be very powerful. Music can move us and make us
feel things like nothing else can. For me specifically, black metal is the
genre of music that most often creates these feelings. While Black Bone
Exorcism are not a black metal band, they create some very powerful and
moving music that elicited the same responses in me.
I'm not sure how I would
describe their music exactly. I could call it post-metal and that would be a
good descriptor, but certainly not the only way to describe it. There are some
elements of doom, it can also feel sludgy at times. I'm not a fan of the whole
“recommended if you like” descriptions that records labels often use, but if
you are a fan of Neurosis this band would work for you.
As I said above, this is
powerful music. It grabs you by the front of the shirt and lets you know that
this is music you MUST listen to. This is not background music that you put on
while you putter around the house. Rather, this is music that demands your
attention. Its a fair demand, because this is music that, if you give it your
undivided attention, it will reward you. It is very intense, and that intensity
helped me feel like the music was guiding me, and connecting me with things
that are outside of our normal, usual realm. In a very real sense it is
spiritual music. I felt that if I spent enough time with it I would connect
with lost things, esoteric things, that are not a part of our daily lives,
things that once were a part of us as human beings when we were much more in
touch with the world around us and not so lost in technology, not so isolated
from the natural world. It is music that I look forward to listening to over
and over, each time moving a little deeper into it.
There are some stunning songs
here. “To The East” is a master work of sorts. If you listen to this song at a
surface level, it is deceptively simple. Basic patterns of just two and three
and four notes repeat throughout, sometimes moving against each other and
sometimes with each other as different instruments take up the patterns.
However, if you let those patterns guide you and wash over you, it is a song
that is meditative in feeling. It is very powerful.
“III” is also a very powerful
song for me. There is a heaviness at work that almost serves to pummel you into
submission and break you down so that you can receive the communications that
it has in store for you. It is beautiful and emotive and evocative.I had an opportunity to interview this band
for my radio show and we spent a lot of time discussing their song writing
processes. Some of these songs have taken years to write and the band feels
that they are curating these songs and will only bring them forth when they are
completely ready. I would heartily agree with them.
This is an amazing album and if
you are open to the idea that heavy music can be beautiful, that it can show
you way to things beyond, check this one out. You can pick up a CD from the band's
Bandcamp site, and there will be a vinyl release a bit later this year courtesy