The great blog Invisible Oranges
shared on Instagram a picture of Aquilus’ 2011 album, Griseus
, and I was intrigued by the beautiful cover and the accompanying words “Truly brilliant, forested orchestral metal”. The record immediately grabbed me: it’s progressive and inventive, heavy as hell and so so beautiful. Think older Opeth or Agalloch, but made by a fan of the romantic pianists like Chopin and Ravel. His new album is another unique, beautiful, bombastic, epic, complex, nuanced and enthralling masterpiece you shouldn’t miss.
A lot of music is called unique (see above!). But making acoustic black metal blend with Brazilian tropicália and mesmerizing ambient passages, and make it work is really a goddamn wonder. Caio Lemos of Kaatayra (yeah another one man band) has done so on multiple occasions, especially on the absolutely amazing So Quem Viu… This new one seems to be his swansong, and that’s sad. But at least we have this. I’m happy.
And then there’s ol’ Hevy Devy Devin Townsend
with two parts (Puzzle
) of what he describes as the soundtrack to what the pandemic feels like to him. It’s ambient and weird, and very Devin Townsend. That’s good! But I can’t wait for his real new album, which is coming too.