Vocalist and guitarist Mick Barr
|Origin||New York City, United States|
|Genres||Black metal, experimental metal|
|Labels||Profound Lore Records, Gilead Media|
|Associated acts||Behold... The Arctopus, Bloody Panda, Dysrhythmia, Orthrelm, Ocrilim|
Krallice is a black metal band formed by New York City musicians Colin Marston, Mick Barr, Nick McMaster and Lev Weinstein. They play a progressive, highly technical style of black metal, though their latest album also draws heavily on death metal. The band have released five studio albums and two EPs. Their most recent album, Ygg Huur, was released on July 30, 2015. They have been described as "one of the most interesting, engaging black metal bands to emerge in recent years" and "one of the most important bands in modern black metal."
Krallice was by formed by Colin Marston and Mick Barr in 2007. Marr said in an interview that "Colin and I had talked about trying to do a black metal record together with no real plans of making it sound good or even releasing it, but as we were writing the music we kind of let it take its own shape. And we liked it more than we expected to." They later recruited Lev Weinstein on drums and Nicholas McMaster on bass and second vocalist. They released their debut full length album Krallice in 2008 through Profound Lore to critical acclaim. Bass on this album was performed by Barr and Marston, while McMaster learned the bass parts and performed additional vocals.
They released their second full-length album Dimensional Bleedthrough in November 2009 through Profound Lore and Gilead Media. The album received critical praise and was featured on a number of end-of-year lists. Around this time, Marston joined the Canadian death metal band Gorguts, Barr was working on music with Barr-Nevai, and Weinstein began working with Bloody Panda. They returned with their third full-length album Diotima in April 2011, to overwhelming critical acclaim. AllMusic wrote that "At their best, they're an overwhelming sonic force, and Diotima is their best album to date." Later that year they released a single titled Traditional, as well as the cover EP Orphans of Sickness.
Krallice independently released their fourth full-length album Years Past Matter in August 2012. Pitchfork described it as the most "relentless" and "unforgiving" album to date, and "a daunting, rewarding hour that calls for complete immersion." Invisible Oranges wrote that the album "incorporates the playful and bleak elements from their previous two releases to showcase a newfound restraint that speaks to a group perfecting their craft. The complex melody lines still carry their signature density but are delivered with the discovered finesse of a seasoned and well-maintained machine. There’s an obvious scaling back, most notably on the intro to “IIIIIIIIII”, but their unerring tug-of-war between obscure chaos and blissful resolution seems even more heightened than previous efforts."
Following a period of quiet as the band members pursued their other projects, the band released their fifth full-length album Ygg Huur on July 30, 2015. The album's released was not announced in advance, and was named after a three-piece suite by Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. The album received extremely positive reviews from many music critics. SPIN gave the album 8/10, describing it as "the band’s most outwardly tortured material since their 2008 debut, when their take on black metal structures was still relatively straightforward." The album's style has been compared to Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, and Altar of Plagues. They followed this with the EP Hyperion on January 1, 2016. The material for this EP was written in 2013 for a split release that never materialised, and has been noted to represent a stylistic middle-ground between Years Past Matter and Ygg Huur.
Krallice plays a form of progressive, highly technical black metal somewhat similar in style to that of Weakling and Wolves in the Throne Room. The band's music features dense multi-tracked guitars often performing fast, precise tremolo-picked guitar passages. The band make frequent use of long, complex song structures. The earlier material drew more heavily on early black metal bands such as Burzum, Gorgoroth, and Ulver, though over time the band have significantly expanded their sound beyond those early influences. While they originally opted for a lo-fi approach to production (as is traditional in black metal), Colin Marston said that "Our music was too dense to come across successfully with a low-fi approach. So instead, I decided to do a full-on 2" tape, everything multi-mic'ed, layered, and carefully mixed production."
- Mick Barr - vocals, guitar
- Colin Marston - guitar
- Lev Weinstein - drums (2008-present)
- Nick McMaster - bass, vocals (2008-present)
- Studio Albums
- 2008: Krallice (Profound Lore)
- 2009: Dimensional Bleedthrough (Profound Lore)
- 2011: Diotima (Profound Lore)
- 2012: Years Past Matter (self-released)
- 2015: Ygg huur (self-released)
- 2011: Orphan of Sickness (self-released)
- 2016: Hyperion (self-released)
- 2011: "Traditional" (self-released)
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