Friday, May 27, 2011
Idolater - Where the fuck did this come from!?
Holy shit! A brand-new USBM band that's actually excellent? I didn't even know it was possible in the horrible over-saturated and generic scene we're afflicted with, but apparently Idolater is here to change things up. Idolater sounds like (to me, anyway) what orthodox black metal would sound like if it was good. Points of reference are easily found in bands like Deathspell Omega and Funeral Mist, but more streamlined, direct, and traditional in orientation. There's a lot of weird dissonance and guitar textures, but instead of seeming arbitrary, they're fascinating and disquieting and romantic- the sheer blackness of the atmosphere here is something I haven't heard in a really long time. It helps out that the drumming (which I'm not sure is real or programmed) is incredibly erratic and spontaneous, the vocals are disgusting and cackling, and even the lyrics are immensely well-written and a great accompanying read.
This is an artist to look out for- there's something definitely going on in Idolater's music that's worth examining and I intend to get to the bottom of it. More on this guy later, probably- this is way, way too strong to ignore.