For the first 24 days of December, Radio in Opposition and guests will share with you one very special album, one day at a time. We call it RADVENT.
It’s day fifteen of RADVENT already! Today’s submission is from Evan of HIVELORDS and Sadgiqacea. HIVELORDS’ “Cavern Apothecary” dropped last year and is absolutely killer, so do yourself a fatty and check it.
My favorite thing about bands who are good songwriters is that there are “payoffs” naturally built into the material, some of which are predictable, and some of which come as surprises. Both can be awesome. Bands like this are usually “a cut above” in general and have a clever essence about their music. Every note and every part serves a purpose, and the songs are streamlined journeys that seem to unfold at the whim of the listener.
Sorcier Des Glaces from Canada embodies all the characteristics I just described. I was fond of them before, having heard both versions of the “Snowland” release, but their new record “Ritual of the End” which was released earlier in 2014 has me helplessly devouring their new music.
This band’s sense of melody is irresistible. Mystical, angular-sounding chords juxtaposed with reverb-drenched leads, played over impossibly tight and well-accented blastbeats are all clear evidence that they are masters of their craft. The result is nothing short of epic. In the grand scheme of music, it’s the melodic parts that make the dissonant ones that much more effective, but make no mistake, there is nothing “happy” “post-y” or “false” sounding on this album. The melodies are minor-keyed masterpieces that present themselves as wind chills and icicles, aiding in the glacial conquest of Sorcier Des Glaces.
Their icy atmosphere and clear production really make this album shine. Is it getting cold in here, or is it just me? This new favorite of mine is a must-listen for all fans of the genre.