Saturday, August 6, 2011
Get Into: Kenaz
The other night I bummed a ride back from a hardcore show with a couple of my bros, and we heard a Kenaz track on an excellent NYC college radio show. Says something about the quality of the music that the other guys, who are more into punk than metal, were digging it a lot. I was actually blown away, and it's a pity I can't find that particular song, "La Lance," because it's just this overwhelming blasting assault over riffs so distorted that they come across as a blur of sonic snow. But the guitars are just clear enough that you can get a sense of the harmonies...very cool consonant stuff that gave the song a noble, pagan feel. On this track, Kenaz bring a more strongly defined sense of melody, mix in some powerful slow sections, and do a great job of integrating dissonance and consonance. I can't overstate how cool the harmonic sensibility is--it's so awesome to hear a pagan black metal band that doesn't fall back on one-dimensional major/minor riffing to remind the audience that the music is "epic." Kenaz nails the kind of grim beauty that set apart early Enslaved, early Emperor, Burzum, etc. But they do it with the fuzzed out Quebecois sound. Basically, this shit is amazing, and perfectly represents what I love best in black metal. I'm definitely going to order this (from the excellent Tour de Garde). Get Kenaz, get ferocious.