Metal Monday CCXCVIII - Emergence
A few days ago, with my playlist on random, Plaguebringer crawled out and assailed me with Three Kings. I was energized and surprised by the power and speed once again having not listened to it for some time. A few more days passed and there came a stirring of strings as Virvum sundered my car and body with Tentacles Of The Sun once again energizing me. As tired as I have found myself lately it was these tunes that were giving me what I was lacking, fueling me with their wondrous design, beckoning me to look once more. And there, waiting for me with a wicked cover was Symbolik. I knew nothing of them but that they fell into a similar category and sound that I was drawn to once more. I clicked play on Dirge of All Creation...
Within a brewing storm, piercing a writhing black ocean, a mountain of magma and stone surged from the sea. The elements clashed at every step, lava screaming upon water, smoke rolling into a turbulent sky where fire and lightning danced with a thunderous dance. This is the image brought forth to me when Symbolik began to tear through the air. It was brilliant madness and I was caught in its instrumentation.
Beginning to end, there is no bad track. This is a monstrous album that will leave you reeling and wanting. From the gate, Augury of Ancients explodes into existence and sets the pace of destructive, unrelenting power (1:16-2:07 is bone shaking goodness). For once, long tracks are not on the menu because if there was a song like this at that length then none of us would survive. To be fair, In Servitude of Silence, Souls of Deception, and Perceptions of Reality are just one long track when listened to in order but each holds their own and are exhausting even though quick. Invoking Oblivion has its own video with lyrics and I highly suggest checking out that bad boy below.
Emergence is just what I needed, something to help fire me up and offer something outside of my usual run through atmospheric black metal. However, I see that there was also an album from nine years earlier (not surprised about the gap when considering the amount of effort this takes) called Pathogenesis that I will have to dive into at some point. Symbolik is top tier as far as an artist in the vein of Progressive Technical Death Metal goes. Give these blood wraiths your attention and I promise you will be rewarded with agony and atrophy induced by machine gun drums and inhuman string mechanics! /,,/
THE MAD BARRON
The Source Of The Metal