Exclusive Track Premiere: Norse – “Cylic”


Way back in early 2015, I entreated you fine feathered Toilet folk to take a trip to Australia with me to witness the deadly dissonance of Norse. In our third ever edition of Mini-Reviews, I described Norse’s then current EP Pest as “a hyper-caffeinated cup of sinister black metal laced with multiple shots of dissonant espresso and strained through a used, bloody filter.” Today I have the distinct pleasure of giving you a second shot of the oily poison with “Cylic,” an exclusive track from Norse’s upcoming full-length The Divine Light of a New Sun.

Although you’ll typically see Norse described as “dissonant black metal,” that’s really only partially true. Like Imperial Triumphant, another skronky band commonly (and somewhat dubiously) placed within the black metal canon, Norse play a pneumatic and mechanical perversion of extreme metal that truthfully draws equally from both death metal and black metal. Pest featured a healthy smattering of blast beats, but the riffs were as tributary to the cavernous death metal fauna endemic to Australia (think PortalAethyrvorous, Miserist, etc.) as they were to more outré black metal acts like Wolok or Gergovia. By synthesizing all these various influences, Norse had concocted a nasty little EP as offputting as it was captivating.

If “Cylic” is any indication, The Divine Light of a New Sun seems to have taken that warped blueprint and gotten even weirder with it. While the trademark machinist percussion remains intact, “Cylic” throws us a curveball right from the start with its palpable, smothering bass sound. It swells and hammers like something out of a Godflesh or Old Lady Drivers song, equally out-of-place but intriguing. As soon as those snarling vocals and bouncy riffs join in, however, we’re reminded that this is still Norse, though a weightier, more tactile version of the band. “Cylic” still delivers all those gnarly, disorienting riffs and that ugly atmosphere that made the band clear contenders within the ravenous Australian cavernous ecosystem. The fact that “Cylic” does all this while delivering an absolutely massive sound and a surprisingly catchy headbangability reminiscent of Pestilence at their weirdest only speaks to this band’s skill and growth in the intermittent years between Pest and The Divine Light of a New Sun. Just try not to want to wreck your cubicle when that final bass swell and double-bass line slams at the 3:07 mark.

The Divine Light of a New Sun drops on May 25th. You can pre-order it on Bandcamp via Transcending Obscurity. While you’re there, check out another new track called “Drowned by Hope.” If you’re digging what Norse are putting down, swing by Facebook and tell them, “Oi, let’s get maggoted on some tinnies, you right cobbers.”


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  • Señor Jefe El Rossover


    • Óðinn

      I just went for another cup.

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        I will shortly

      • GL

        I dug up a pretty large glacier rock Saturday. Thought about our conversation we had! Not sure the picture does it justice. Don’t let the lack pixels scare you off.


        • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

          I love all kinds of rock, either its Apocalyptica, Metallica, Manowar or even Dragonforce, but when it comes to Breaking Benjamin, everything comes together in one hell of a package., , great lyrics, great sounds and mostly a huge feeling they gave me

          -Froggy, July 8, 2012

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Ewww Breaking Benjamin

          • NDG

            This doesn’t make any sense!!!

        • Óðinn

          Cool. Was it on your property?

          • GL

            Yep. I bumped it last fall plowing. The field has been farm ground since the early 1800’s. It must have been too big for the horses to get out back then lolol.

          • Óðinn

            Yeah, it may have been too big.

        • more beer

          I have run across a few rocks like that in my time. They just seem to grow as you are trying to dig them out.

    • Grvm Spectre ov Derth

      On Yerba Mate #2 now.

      • Rain Poncho W.

        Ol’ Blackie >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yerba Mate

    • GL
      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        I love that scene

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    hahahaha, NOPE! I tried. Back the Cosmic Cornucopia for me

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Yeah, a little too wonky for me. Back to Manilla Road!

  • Uh…does this sound kind of like a Melvins tune to anyone else?
    And if so, is that a bad thing?

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Eh, maybe a little.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      Interesting comparison, Rich.

      • *Inaccurate

        I do like what I’m hearing, though. There’s some nice variety between this swaggering tune and the more aggressive mesmerism of “Drowned by Hope”. Consider me intrigued.

    • Óðinn

      Kind of.

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    best singer ever! Especially his sexxxeh no fuck voice, it’s so unique and like scratchy u know? lol

    -Natasha | 5/26/08

  • Óðinn

    Thanks, W. I’m kinda liking this. Noted for further listening.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      Also note that the other song doesn’t quite sound like this.

      • Óðinn

        Yeah, I like the skronk though.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    I LOVED that first Norse EP, thanks for the writeup Dubsman

    • Rain Poncho W.

      You got it, Brobit.

  • Love it! Pre ordered

  • Guacamole Jim

    You were right about that last riff, Dubz. I lost control and thrashed all my shit out of the cubicle.


  • Hans Copronym

    Loved the review that dude gave the EP on Bandcamp. I think I actually found Norse via his collection, which features a couple similar remarks about other releases.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the heads-up on this Dubs. I’ll investigate further when I have some time.

  • Spear

    That was horrendous, but that magical way that makes me want to hear more. Gonna peep that EP for sure.