Monday, January 17, 2011

Ludicra - Another Great Love Song (2004)

Ludicra hail from from San Francisco and while they are usually known as a black metal band, I refuse to label them as such, particularly after hearing "Another Great Love Song." The band is female fronted, which I usually try to support, but have a lot of trouble doing with black metal. Ludicra is made up of members of Missile Command, Wolves in the Throne Room, Gwar, Agalloch, etc. Though they're currently signed to Profound Lore, "Another Great Love Song" was released on Alternative Tentacles.

The album is a mix of tempos and genres, with everything from black metal, a little death metal, acoustic guitars, hardcore elements, and it honestly reminds me of a cross between Wolves in the Throne Room and Kylesa. In a very, very bad way. There are also a fair number of Dystopia elements towards the second half of the record, which... no.

I also had a big problem with the vocals. She just doesn't have enough vocal power. This isn't always a detriment to black metal singers (think Erik from Watain who usually kills it even though he doesn't seem to have the lung force of, say, Attila), but here it doesn't mesh with the recording quality. There is also some layered straight singing, which I predictably didn't like. I also hated the drums, which belong on a hardcore album or, at best, a Kylesa record.

Though it was a well reviewed album, I think it's overly accessible hipster metal, and can't see how anyone in their right mind would call this black metal. One reviewer referred to it as "the best US black metal album of the decade," which made want to find the person and punch them in outrage. I understand that everyone has an opinion, but sometimes they're wrong.

1. The Only Cure, the Only Remedy
2. Let Thirst the Soil
3. One Thousand Wolves
4. Why Conquer?
5. In the Greenest Maze
6. Time Wounds All Heels
7. Aging Ghost

Visit their myspace page or their homepage if you're into this kind of stuff. Listen here.

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