THE PROJECTIONIST REVEL IN EXALTED SOLITUDE WITH LATEST FULL LENGTH
Jools Green 13th April 2017
Canadian/US Black Metal outfit The Projectionist, fronted by the enigmatic Lord Matzigkeitus, return with their third and best to date, 'Exalted Solitude', a dark and malevolent ten track release, just shy of twelve months after 2016s debut 'Poisonous Disengagement' full length, which was hotly followed by the 'The GallowForest Eulogy' EP in the August.
What can you expect this time around? Lord Matzigkeitus and the band, Parageist on guitars and Malphas covering drums, have put a huge degree of thought and energy into this release, from the composition to the delivery and production of the sound, aiming to and succeeding in surpassing past efforts, resulting in a thought provoking and brutal album.
Lord Matzigkeitus's overview of the release is this:
"'Exalted Solitude' is concentric around the notion of Nietzschean godless wisdom. The Overman achieved by blotting out the bleating of sheep..." and:
"It is also intentional that the production be more punishing on 'Exalted Solitude' as it is very much a retaliation."
For certain, the combination of Lord Matzigkeitus's spine chilling and broad ranging vocal delivery makes him one of the most versatile vocalists in Black Metal today, alongside an array of brutal but melancholic riffs makes for a dark vicious heavy and malevolent Black Metal sound assisted by the added element of a guest appearance by Christopher Hernandez of Xasthur.
Favourite tracks? I'm not sure it's possible to choose and I've changed my mind every time I've played the album. It's an exciting, unnerving and compelling listen, particularly 'Suckling A Most Hateful Claustrum' and the standard is consistently high across its entirety. All tracks have individual elements that give a WOW factor, like the eerie opener that sets the mood and scene for the album at the start of 'Eleven Strikes To Incite Incurable Silences' or the equally majestic sinister opener on 'Ineffable Inner Void'.
Or final track, 'Harpy Whispers Malice (The Regent's Downfall)', a slower piece where a more understated and distant quality to the sound makes it all the more edgy and unnerving, but the wild card, because it took me totally by surprise is 'If Erased, So Fertile Ought', a superbly melancholic, reflective acoustic piece with a well defined vocal delivery manifesting as both a rasping evil whisper and a vitriolic hiss, culminating as a spine chilling, thought provoking track. Who said Black Metal can't be acoustic?
Eleven Strikes To Incite Incurable Silences
Suckling A Most Hateful Claustrum
Ineffable Inner Void
If Erased, So Fertile Ought
Draw Away A Disconnect
Chapel Of Astaroth
Sleepless Witching Curse
Harpy Whispers Malice (The Regent's Downfall)
The artwork for 'Exalted Solitude' is by Sang Ho Moon and Jan Pysander and it will be available from April 20th via Appalachian Noise Records/The True Plague Records and can be pre-ordered at appalachiannoiserecords.com.