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Cicada the Burrower – Corpseflower

Cicada the Burrower
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 04 March 2021, 6:52 AM

Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, USA in 2011, the duo CICADA THE BURROWER call themselves Progressive/Post-Black Metal, and have previously released three other full length albums. “Corpseflower” is their fourth, and contains five tracks. “The Fever Room” leads off the album. It’s a shorter song, clocking in at just under four minutes in length. It’s also an odd song with opening eerie guitar notes, followed by vile vocal screams and guttural utterances. The opening soft, care-free sound returns, followed again by the vocal chaos.

“Glamour” is over seven-minutes in length, opening much in the same way as the previous song. There are no vocals. At the four-minute mark, much of the sound drops for an ambient passage, followed by a more traditional guitar sound. “Where Old Crystals Grow” is another shorter song that begins again in much of the same way as the previous tracks. The harsh vocals are extremely brutal, and the transitions in and out of these passages come without much warning.

“Psilocybin Death Spiral” begins with heavier guitar riffs and bass guitar notes. The harsh vocals come straight at you, unrelenting. There is a pretty little melodious passage closing in to the half-way mark, then the heavy sound returns again. “Corpseflower” is the closing track and clocks in at over 11-minutes in length. It opens with charming melodies, and a breezy attitude. A heavier song then ensues, but the melodies are still there. This yin and yang continues throughout the lengthy song, with some choppy riffing and cymbal strikes. The ending sequence is quite pretty.

Overall, this was a pretty unique listening experience. But when you are talking about the Progressive/Post-Black genre, this is what you get. The slower, calmer passages were actually quite nice, and the juxtaposition of the chaotic passages was very harsh, like trying to push a longsword through a rock. This, and the fact that the transitions were totally out of the blue, made the album somewhat hard to enjoy. They get points for creativity however, but next time, easing the transitions might make for a better listening experience.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. The Fever Room
2. Glamour
3. Where Old Crystals Grow
4. Psilocybin Death Spiral
5. Corpseflower
Alexander Monday – Lyrics
Cameron Davis – All instruments, Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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