Furious post-black metal and hardcore punk attitude collide on Pale‘s powerful, self-titled EP.
Armed with an impeccable sense of melody and a taste for chaos, Tokyo’s Pale offer a fresh take on the post-black metal and “blackgaze” styles. Falling somewhere between latter Deafheaven material and early Envy recordings, the music featured on Pale‘s debut EP is an intense maelstrom of sound that knows when to be emotionally potent and when to be completely unhinged.
The blistering one-two punch of “Turquoise” and “Juvenile” open up the record with a slew of devastating, head-spinning instrumentation. Like a chaotic hybrid between Deafheaven and Converge, these two tracks unleash blitzes of melodic, yet face-melting tremolo-picked riffs intermingled with off-kilter rhythmic shifts and angular hardcore assaults. The fierce, screamed vocals and absolutely hellacious drumming then tie everything together. This destructive duo bleed into the album’s eight-minute centerpiece, “Hortus Sanitatis”. In contrast to its predecessors, “Hortus Sanitatis” delivers lengthy marches of glossy, shoegaze-infused guitars that swallow listeners in an ocean of sound.
“Gossamer” showcases more emphasis on melody and huge, triumphant climaxes. The song stampedes out of the gate with bursts of swelling, melodic, yet intense riffs that are spearheaded by throat-searing vocals and mind-boggling percussion. Soaring leads and layer upon layer of atmosphere build into massive walls of “blackgaze” sound that loom over the listener until the end. The EP’s final track, “Zodiac”, blends the best of both worlds. Melodic black metal stampedes and atmospheric guitars collide head-on with thrashing hardcore freakouts throughout this tumultuous tune before concluding with a galloping breakdown of mosh-worthy proportions.
Pale‘s debut EP is powerful and punishing and a positive step forward for a very promising band.
Release Date: July 15, 2018
Label: Pest Productions
Favorite Tracks: “Turquoise” and “Zodiac”
For Fans Of: Deafheaven, Envy and Heaven in Her Arms