I am a horrible slacker and have not kept up with this blog, partly because I just got waaaay too much new music at once, got overstimulated, and had to go back to old favorites.
I gave this Wold record a listen primarily because it was on so many best of lists. If I've learned anything from those lists it's that 90% of the time I absolutely disagree with them, but I actually really loved this record. I've been listening to a lot more noise lately and this is one of the many black metal/noise hybrid projects out there. It's basically two or three dudes from Canada (and their computers, I'm sure) who have been around for about a decade. "Screech Owl" is their second full length and was released by Profound Lore.
This is obviously not for everyone. I feel like if you already listen to noise, you know a lot more about it than I do and already have your own opinions about this record. If you don't, there's a good chance you'll hate me for recommending it. It's harsh, hateful, and experimental enough to keep me interested. I don't really see a lot of the musical associations with black metal, but I can see how black metal fans would like it. Fans of Ildjarn and more ambient black metal should check it out. (Ambient, not shoegaze!)
I wish they would have a little more variety in the vocals or at least the vocal mix, but other than that I don't have many complaints. "The Field Hag" is my favorite track and is the most song-like, though the album has to kind of hit its stride before it gets interesting, so give it a little time. I'm not even going to pretend that I have any idea what he's screaming about, but I'm sure it has to do with the freezing wastelands of Saskatchewan.
1. An Habitation of Dragons and a Court for Owls
2. Ray of Gold
3. So That No Sword May Strike Him Down
4. The Field Hag
7. December Eve
8. This is How I Know
9. Gather Under Her Shadow
10. A Sword Becomes Red With Fury
11. Screech Owl
12. I'm the Chisel
13. Undying Fire of Urian