When we think about all that can be done when the worlds of black and death metal are brought together for one caustic experience, there are virtually endless possibilities when it comes to works that can truly bend the mind in ways that no other styles are able to bring forth with each effort likely having something that others do not. In the case of Veilburner, that’s taken to a glorious extreme in every single one of their albums. While their last album is still something that demands to be heard in every capacity, it could very well be with this new opus that they’ve exceeded to unthinkable depths of intoxicating depravity.
Despite the potential for making some psyche-breaking material that black/death metal has at virtually every point of its existence, there aren’t very many bands out there that are able to properly capitalize on the opportunity to make an experience that is certifiably worthy of being called such. Veilburner more than earned the right to be called one such act with their 2018 effort, but it’s with every possible iota of “Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull” that they surpass everything that they’ve done before which is far from a statement that I make lightly. No track on this harrowing listen is anything like the last with there being a thin but identifiable string of consistency through the whole work being the unyielding intensity that’s constantly weighing down on the psyche of every soul who dares to wander into this shifting hell of swirling color, blood-curdling screams, and ultimate aural onslaughts that refuse to repeat each other. It’s at times that the album divulges into something that feels almost tribal in its rhythms while it never once shies away from giving its listener real whiplash with the transitions being no less than instant despite being devilishly fluid, and it’s through such changes that “Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull” is not only able to become a voracious experience seeking to craze any lost soul who travels into its core but a work that is sure to be a clear standout performance in the high stakes competition that’s always happening in this particular corner of an already supremely intense scene.
In no small way, Veilburner defies all expectations to the point that I’m tempted to call this a work that’s sure to be considered one of the biggest and most well-executed of its kind that 2021 is to see at all by the time it closes with there being very few bands that are able to come around with new material that could challenge this absolute beast. No matter what happens though, you cannot deny the otherworldly superiority that “Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull” commands at every given moment, and it’s a trip of madness that I will be taking happily over and over again.
“Lurkers in the Capsule of Skull” releases on September 24th via Transcending Obscurity Records!
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