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Rorcal - Világvége (Live in Geneva)

Rorcal
Világvége (Live in Geneva)
by Martin Patterson at 09 January 2015, 6:19 PM

"Világvége - Live in Geneva" is RORCAL's follow-up album to 2013's highly regarded “Világvége” album. This is the first time I've come across these guys and a live album isn't possibly the best introduction, as I've mentioned in previous reviews that I'm usually not a massive fan of live releases. As far as genre goes, RORCAL describe themselves, on their Facebook page, as doom/black/drone/Satan but I've also seen them described as sludge, post-hardcore, and Atmospheric Post-Black Metal. It seems they are quite a difficult band to put a label on but after giving them a listen I found they do incorporate different elements across a broad range of styles.

The first song on the album “I” comes across as more of a long atmospheric intro. There's no singing on this track and it has what sounds like a single chord with some atmospheric noises layered on top. The next track “D” is where we're first introduced to singer Yonni. Yonni's vocal is pretty much full on and screaming for the entire duration of the album without a lot of variation in his style. The tracks tend to merge into each other and there were times where I didn't realise one song had finished and another had started. If it wasn't for the “Omen” like eerie female Gregorian type chants between some songs, this could easily have been just a single song, as the tracks don't really seem to have distinct personalities from each other; there's no one song that really stands out for me.

After listening to "Világvége - Live in Geneva", the first word that springs to mind is 'bleak'. This is probably not the first cd you'd reach for at a party. If you're looking for a dark atmospheric despairingly bleak album, then this is probably the album for you and I'm sure RORCAL's existing fan-base will find much to enjoy here. Personally I'm a big fan of Funeral Doom and am quite partial to a bit of Black Metal, but this album didn't really hit home with me. The production isn't exactly crystal clear, but that's a common problem with live albums, unfortunately this makes some of the faster sections sound a bit muddy. Nothing struck my ear where I thought, “hey that's a cool guitar riff” or “that's an interesting idea”; I guess with this sort of music it's more about creating an atmosphere. If you're already a fan of the band then check out this release but if, like me, this is the first time you've listened to them then you might be better checking out their studio albums first.

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. I
2. D
3. II
4. V
5. IV
6. VII
7. VI
8. VIII \[featuring KK Null and PROCESS OF GUILT]
Lineup:
Bruno - Bass
Diogo - Guitars
JP - Guitars
Ron - Drums
Yonni - Vocals
Record Label: Independent
     


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