So far in 2016, there has been a severe lack of ambitious albums among the metal kingdom that has come to my attention. Scarce few bands have truly thought to put out an album that is simply transcending and stunning at the same time. Until now, nothing like that has come along. But now, Wolvserpent’s upcoming album “Aporia:Kāla:Ananta” is easily the most ambitious, creative, and well crafted album that will come out in the first quarter of this year. Period.
Now, I called “Aporia:Kāla:Ananta” an album, which is true because that’s what it is. However, this isn’t your typical seven to twelve tracks of differing styles, no. “Aporia:Kāla:Ananta” is a 40-minute long opus of innovative doom/drone metal that cuts to the very core of your fucking soul. The last time I’ve heard an album to this degree was Inter Arma’s “The Cavern” which is also a 45-minute one song album so maybe I’m a little biased, but there’s a clear connection between the two being so staggeringly awesome (they’re both released through Relapse as well so we know they’re in good hands). But the significant qualities of “Aporia:Kāla:Ananta” are just so colossally awesome that it’s hard to take them in at first. Beginning the album is an unnerving ambiance that wets your mouth for what is to come, and that would be a single violin that I can only say is hauntingly beautiful to the point where I could sit here listening to it for literal ages. Soon after things kick up a notch with the violin becoming more dramatic, a symphony joining in, you feeling you skin crawl over the awe you are feeling, and a sense of grandeur that truly makes you feel like you are witnessing something as breathtakingly climatic as the birth of the universe itself. This beauty continues one for some time until it all comes to a crashing halt and that is where the true metal comes into effect.
A brutally slow pace with crushing guitars and earthquake inducing drums come into play, but the symphony still goes on in the background but it as gone from a climatic ascent to the soundtrack of the destruction of all things with the same cinematic feel and tone to it. The vocals have a great sound to them that, while incomprehensible, feel like they are narrating the slow, drawn out burning of everything in existence as it all falls into the caverns of the endless void, dragging you along with it. And it’s the simplicity of the heaviness of “Aporia:Kāla:Ananta” that makes it so goddamned sweet to me because it truly shows that Wolvserpent knew what they were going for inside and out, which is a beautiful thing. By the time this opus has concluded, you will be scrambling for that reply button and spending yet another 40 minutes listening to a grand piece of music just as I did, this I can guarantee. If you even think yourself to be a fan of either doom or drone metal, then by the end of “Aporia:Kāla:Ananta” I can promise you that you will be in love by the 25 minute mark as I was.
As I said, this truly is the most ambitious and not to mention perfectly executed of 2016 bar none. It is everything that any metal fan could want out of an album that truly went over the top. Beautiful, stunning, brutal, grand, and masterfully done, the duo of Wolvserpent have shown themselves to be a new authority on what it takes to not only create quality drone metal but beautiful music itself.
“Aporia:Kāla:Ananta” releases on March 4th!
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