BastardHead's review blog. Old reviews from Metal Archives and Metal Crypt will appear here along with shorter, blurbier thoughts I may have on albums that I don't have enough to say about to write a full review. You'll also find a few editorials here.
Friday, June 17, 2011
BITE SIZED: Iperyt - No State of Grace
I have absolutely no idea how industrial black metal works or is supposed to sound, all I know is that whatever Iperyt put out last February is something to be reckoned with. No State of Grace is just totally suffocating in its atmosphere and overwhelming in its brutality. The production heavily favors the enraged vocals and computerized percussion, with the bass and guitars pushed to the background. It works really well for what the album is trying to do, which is to just completely isolate the listener in a desolate wasteland of misanthropy and despair. Everything about this is angry and vengeful, and the industrial overtones help hammer it home like none other. The traditional misanthropy that just comes with the black metal territory works hand in hand with the dead mechanization and isolation of the industrial elements and they blend together so well that it's hard to call this more of one style. I dunno, it's hard for me to really formulate the words behind why I like No State of Grace so much, which is why this is a short BS review instead of a full one like I was planning. Just know it's great.