Monday, 3 November 2014

Wold - L.O.T.M.P.


Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Experimental Black Metal, Blackened Noise, Raw Black Metal
For Fans Of: Enbilulugugal, Forhekset allé, Nyogthaeblisz, Striborg, Grst, Sutekh Hexen
Favourite Tracks: Invocation of Air, Lug-Dunum, Weeping Goddess

Once again diving into the obscure land of Canadian metal, 'L.O.T.M.P.' (I have no idea what this stands for) was the first full-length album of Regina, Saskatchewan band "Wold". Recorded under a period of "nine moons" as stated by the band's manifesto, L.O.T.M.P. is a completely unique and original work of black metal. Right from the get-go on 'Invocation of Fire', Wold mixes beautiful, almost (ironically) angelic synths amidst a background of lo-fi and frantic drumming in a strange harmony tied together by a low, monastic-sounding hum. This is shattered pretty quickly towards the end of 'Invocation of Fire' though, as demented, broken glass-gargling-esque vocals bring the harmony to a grinding halt, and you're only left with the chaos that follows in the form of the next three 'Invocation' tracks. The quiet, underlying symphonic elements were managed to be coupled extremely well with the noise aspects of the album throughout its entirety, and make for a really strange juxtaposition of styles- one so based around form and order, and the other based around disordered chaos. 'L.O.T.M.P.' destroys just about everything in its path, and that's what makes it so damned good.

1. Invocation of Fire (3:45)
2. Invocation of Water (2:45)
3. Invocation of Earth (3:41)
4. Invocation of Air (5:01)
5. Tending Thy Grounds (3:15)
6. L.O.T.M.P. (6:52)
7. Be It On Be It Within (4:15)
8. The Lost Speech (4:30)
9. Lug-Dunum (5:05)
10. Invocation of the Eye (3:14)
11. Children of the Proud Fields (9:56)
12. Irminions (11:11)
13. Weeping Goddess (3:12)

Total Run-Time: 1:06:42


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