There are always bands out there in the world that will always fall under the radar of most people whether they like it or not. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but a lot of times it really sucks because there’s plenty of unheard talent out there that deserves to be heard because it’s so fucking good and because they aren’t already a large band so people won’t go seeking them out. Let’s take Pale Chalice for example. Their brand new album “Negate the Infinite and Miraculous” is without a doubt a brilliant piece of black metal that I only found out about because I dug, and I mean dug, into the bowels of Bandcamp and found this little beauty. Having a traditional and yet fresh feel to it, Pale Chalice has made an album that embodies all that black metal is: unrelentingly fast, harsh, and raw black metal cranked up to 3,000 to give it a fantastic kick that seems to be lacking in a lot of black metal albums nowadays as so many of those bands just try to be loud and angry, but Pale Chalice takes it to another level. This awesome quartet from ol’ San Fran makes an excellent point that greatness comes from unlikely places as I’d expect a thrash band out of the Bay area, not black metal, but I’ll fucking take it. And if you think that Pale Chalice is going to keep things fast and intense then you’re absolutely correct! But if you also think that means that all the tracks are relatively short which makes “Negate the Infinite and Miraculous” a short-ish album, then think again! Clocking in at just over 40 minutes, “Negate the Infinite and Miraculous” has but one track under 5 minutes long which all the others being much longer, and that shows that Pale Chalice truly have the talent of making great longer songs that consistently sound interesting. Fast guitars, a killer bass, intense guitars, and vocals that are harsh and melodic at times, Pale Chalice truly show how black metal is done in an interesting way that I strongly feel that all black metal fans should hear because it is something to be marveled at for sure. “Negate the Infinite and Miraculous” is infinitely entertaining and is definitely a miraculous album to say in the least.
LISTEN to “Negate the Infinite and Miraculous” on Bandcamp here.
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