I don’t know about you, but it’s when black metal steps out of its typical boundaries to find new territory to call its own whether it’s territory we’ve been to before with a different band or a new name that manages to breathe fresh life where before there was stillness. Gexerott has been a name in the scene for some time, but it is undeniably with this brand new effort that this Colombian act has made a work that is more than worthy of investigation by all accounts, and I cannot express just how well it is crafted from top to bottom.
While this record may not be as hallucinogenic as the title might imply, it would be very wrong of me to even dare consider what’s done here to be straight black metal but I’d be doubly damned if I didn’t say that Gexerott somehow kept that original spirit gloriously in this very modern creation that is downright gripping right from the very beginning. “Hallucinetic Violet Ignition” is both a record that is incredibly grounded while still surprisingly ethereal in its performance and concepts which blend together impressively well to make for an experience that’s equally well-rounded and talented in every territory that Gexerott concerns themselves with the first spin being downright eye-opening and each one after that becoming rewarding to a wondrous extent! It’s in that first listen that Gexerott holds a firm grasp on your attention for the entirety of the nine tracks that adorn the album but it’s then in the second spin that the true intricacies come out of the shadows to make “Hallucinetic Violet Ignition” a significantly more detailed, layered, and utterly exquisite work that truly pulls the listener deeper into its aural wonder with very few other acts throughout all of black metal achieving what’s done here, and how can that make Gexerott anything other than a real wonder? It’s far from anything that could be considered earth-shattering by many standards, but there is no way to deny that what Gexerott has created here isn’t delicious in so many different ways with each song having something to call its own with the true whole of the record being the very definition of engrossing.
This is absolutely one of those listens that I was not nearly prepared for with how excellent it is from top to bottom, and I would be dead wrong to insinuate anything other than the reality of me being blown right out of the water with everything that Gexerott executes wondrously with this effort which is virtually everything about the work. “Hallucinetic Violet Ignition” is a trip that many modern black metal fans should lap up like homemade ice cream without exception as it’s so much that we could ever ask for from tremendous riffage, fantastic craftsmanship, and straight-up electrifying the moment that the record gets going.
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