Monday, December 19, 2011

RORCAL / SOLAR FLARE - Collaborative Split CD review

RORCAL / SOLAR FLARE - Collaborative Split CD
Cal of Ror Records
Genre: Doom / Drone
Rating: 4/5

This came in under the oh so attractive genre term "doomcore". For some one like me, an asshole, who tries to give bands the benefit of my doubt I played this wondering if I was going to be slitting my wrists afterwards. Let's get to the chase shall we. The first five tracks are by SOLAR FLARE which is a side project of someone called Impure Wilhemina. That might be a band or a person but I'm not into investigating this morning. It's a cold Sunday and strangely enough this fits the mood. SOLAR FLARE is pure doom drone, no core thank you, performed with 2 basses, 3 guitars supported by drums and vocals from the Mordor (?) If you're into SUNN-O)) or OM then this is going to be right up your alley or frosty landscape. They're from Switzerland so I can get away with saying that. Thankfully I put the knife away, well actually out of easy reach, because SOLAR FLARE are a doom drone fan's nirvana. Their tracks are totally mind numbing, engrossing and able to remove all conscious thoughts from your psyche for over twenty minutes.

On the other hand the RORCAL track "La Ronde sous la Cloche", yes it's one long twenty-two minute noise fest of climatic doom drone, will bring you back to reality like getting an electrical shock. Speaking of currents there's one underlying throughout this split. Supposedly the artists found inspiration for this opus of epicness from the French poet Aloysius Bertrand and the poem La Ronde sous la Cloche. Sorry but I skipped French Poetry 101 in school and took metal shop instead. Either way RORCAL takes this split away from their friends/collaborators easily by creating an inescapable ice fog that's dark as well as ominous. I could easily call this mandatory for anyone now sitting in their basement preparing for the end of civilization because here is your sound track for the apocalypse.


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