Skullflower – Werecat Powers Of The Crossroads At Midnight

4 out of 5

Label: Nashazphone

Produced by: Matthew Bower?

Half gorgeous, half brutal.

The A-side of this, the second in ‘The Darkness of Aegypt’ series, is an utter surprise, as it’s… almost melodic for a Skullflower track.  It’s also utterly noisy, of course, but somehow, with instruments comprised (from the credits) of Nilotic Delta Slide, Pro-one, Devices, and Violin, Bower and Samantha Davies give that first track – We Move On Points Of Shattered – a sense of growth; light at the end of the tunnel.  A higher tone builds on top of the usual brigade of effects, and the 20ish minute track feels whole; like it has a beginning, middle, and end.

This is compared to the B-side, which does the usual SF thing of just stopping at some point on each of its two tracks.  The first song, Charnel Ground, is fairly short, and feels like somewhat standard fare, but the closing song, Departure Lounge, picks up some notes from the A-side, but lets the more chaotic elements overwhelm, delivering a harsh counterpoint to Shattered’s hope.