Krallice Surprised Everyone with a New Album this Morning

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Some surprises are great. An unexpected annual bonus. A free download quest in your favorite video game. A discount on beef at your supermarket. Some surprises are terrible. The sticker at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. Twins. Christmas morning. Ygg huur, the new surprise album dropped by black metal maze builders Krallice is distinctly in the former camp. Stream it in full below.

Ygg huur is quite the surprise. The band, known for constructing some of the densest, most brain-blending technical black metal wizardry around, made practically no fanfare over the release. When I first checked the internet to see if anyone else had even previewed the album or written about its imminent release, I was unable to find any information. It seems that McMaster, Weinstein, Marston, and Barr actually recorded it earlier this month and were content to simply catch us all in our pyjamas. Cheeky bastards.

I’ve only listened to a little bit of the album thus far, but I’m impressed by what I’ve heard. The precise, Daedalus song structures are present in full Cyclopean effect. Bewildering riffs and leads snake in and out of inhuman rhythmic passages like hydra heads, multiplying and devouring all in sight. The vocals are urgent but never overbearing, instead ceding precedent to the music and allowing the biomechanical constructs to breathe and bloom. The production is quiet too, allowing every little flourish, every off-kilter bass note to lodge itself into your synapses. Perhaps most interesting, though, is that this album feels more accessible than Years Past Matter while remaining uniquely challenging in the way only Krallice can be. “Over Spirit” and “Tyranny of Thought” are easily two of the best songs the band has ever written. Color me impressed.

You can purchase the album digitally right now or pre-order a CD if you like physical media. Stream the album again on Bandcamp and read about the silent release on Facebook.

(h/t Leif Bearikson)

(Photo VIA)

  • KJM

    Help Frank Huang get a replacement camera!
    http://www.gofundme.com/8z9sh77cw

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Given that this album was released about an hour ago I’d be a little surprised if anyone else had written about it.
    Feels good to be first, even when I wasn’t.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Also, the whole album is pretty dope once you get past the shock that was the first (2) track(s).

      • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

        I’m on my second listen. The back four tracks are amazing.

      • The Fish Boz

        Why the shock? Genuine question.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          The first one has a doomy and not too skronk-eyoo feel to it, whereas the second is more definitely a Krallice song but still a very accessible variation of it. The things that draw me to Krallixe are mostly missing from them.
          Did not figure Krallice would go that way.

          • The Fish Boz

            Got it.

          • tertius_decimus

            Skronk is good, skronk is love. Thanks to Gorguts for what they have started… unleashing the Pandora box…

  • DCLXVI

    sweet

  • killer schtuff. jajaja, the middle four tracks are the same length: 6:41

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    There’s like a million people who already bought it.

    • TSV hasn’t yet tho… so it’s still relatively unknown.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Who?

        • you’ll find him on many of our bandcamps. i think he runs a metal blog

  • Celtic Frosty

    It’s like Christmas morning except in a post-apocalyptic world with no calendars and some weirdo who keeps track of time with sticks runs into your cave and yells MERRY CHRISTMAS! and starts handing out presents.

  • Tyree
    • DCLXVI

      yes

    • how the fuck do people NOT know about this by now?!?!

    • KJM

      Blasphemy.

      • Sir Tapir The Based :]

        What do you mean blasphemy? That’s the right and the only way to do it.

        • KJM

          It’s an Illuminati conspiracy to persecute underhangers by forging patents and documents. Matt Groening tried to warn us all via the clip I posted below. Alas, I fear it may be too late.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            You are an underhanger? You make me sick.

          • KJM

            See? The conspiracy is working according to plan. Before too long, underhangers will be burned at the stake before cheering crowds.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I’m an overhanger though.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            That’s the only way those underhangers should be treated.

          • Atomic Wedgie Massacre
          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            GODDAMN! Not the thing you wanna see when you have arachnophobia!

          • /atleastitisnotapukegif

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I will take all the puke gifs over a single picture of a spider.

          • tertius_decimus

            What should do someone who likes spiders?

            1. Flush down (Get off my lawn! This is MY toilet, I shit there);
            2. Take a towel and gently seize this magnificent creature and replace him to more appropriate place;
            3. Kill with fire (requires fire extinguisher);
            4. Sit back and try to make a mere conversation about singularity in the supermassive black hole in the center of the Galaxy (requires plenty of metamphetamine);
            5. Call police;
            6. Feed him with dried insects.

          • Stockhausen

            I’ve never thought this deeply about a spider encounter before.

          • tertius_decimus

            Arachnophilia can be strange sometimes.

          • Waynecro

            I vote for “Kill with fire.” Of course, you shouldn’t do so using homemade napalm. If you do, the fuckers will scurry under the fence into the neighbors’ yard while fully engulfed, leaving a trail of fire behind them. Then you have to talk to the police, and your parents ground you for, like, weeks.

          • *looks around cautiously
            *posts MLG air horn sound effect

            -KJM”

            -GL

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I’m an overhanger and I’m proud.

          • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

            I don’t even hang my TP. I just sit it on top of the toilet like real men do.

          • Fuckn A right.

          • more beer

            Yep I don’t even have one of those roll holders in my bathroom.

          • A Dark & Curious Sausagefart

            *upgrades your man card with ‘license to kill’*

          • more beer

            My man card has always had that endorsment on it!

          • A Dark & Curious Sausagefart

            I almost forgot that was you, Agent Samson!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9VgNeiBnJE

    • Sir Tapir The Based :]

      My mom always said not to be friends with people that put the roll in the under position.

      • your mom always has great advice
        -mr. bojangles

        • Sir Tapir The Based :]

          Bojangles knows my mom well.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      GORAK NOT KNOW WHAT IS “TOILET PAPER”??????????????

  • The Fish Boz

    How many surprise albums were released in metal this year?

    Hip hop was all about surprise albums. Since Beyoncé started it everybody followed suit.

  • Was not expecting to like this but I’m hearing more than just black metal. Genre mashing is always a plus in my book. Really good musicianship.

    • The Fish Boz

      The tone always does it for me when it comes to Krallice.

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      I was telling jim and Joe that I hear a lot of Artificial Brain and Gorguts in this. You can thank Colin Marston for that.

      • Gorguts was the first thing that came to my mind.

    • Lacertilinger

      Genre mashing is the tits when done correctly.

      • Almost all my favorite artists take from multiple genres. Keeps music interesting for me.

  • OldMetalHead

    Not sure about the vocals, and they’re mixed a little too low for me.

  • Tyree

    Dubz, you are going to have to put together a vomit post at some point you know. It has to happen. Bring us your trophy GIFs.

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      I’d have to tag it NSFL for the weak-willed and stomached among us.

      • and it’d have to be RIGHT before @joethrashnkill:disqus tells a girl he’s dating “i run a p legit metal blog”

      • Tyree

        They can all stand aside in the shallow end of the fucking pool.

      • Not Safe for Links e_e)

      • Void Dweller

        NSFL? Not Safe for Love?

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

          Lunch, hombre. Although I’m probably going to make a few more puke gifs during my lunch.

      • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

        Not Safe For Link?

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

          The answer is right below you.

          • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

            I know, sugar plum.

    • The Fish Boz

      Suggestion: different types of guttural vocals and shrieks for each type of vomit gif.

      • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

        Cock And Ball Torture could handle the vomiting part. Or Gutteral Slug.

        • Tyree
          • Scrimm

            One of the few scenes I have a hard time watching.

          • Tyree

            That poor girl. I’m sure she didn’t get paid much to shove pig/cow innards into her face hole. It’s like that maggot scene too. That had to have sucked.

          • Scrimm

            Thats exactly it, and if she really had to swallow yards of the stuff whole? Kind of disturbing.

    • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

      And gotta have the appropriate music to go with it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-b8bnxgCXc

  • Bozamole Jim
  • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

    Good stuff! Has a sorta doomy feel to it. Minus the vocals, the first track reminds me a bit of Cathedral’s ‘Forest Of Equilibrium’.

  • Max

    I was foiled by Amazon when I tried to order a CD of Years Past Matter, so I never got round to it….

    This is okay, though. It sounds a lot like Colored Sands, perhaps unsurprisingly.

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      What’s interesting to me is that Marston effect translates between both bass and guitar, seeing as how he plays bass for Gorguts and guitar for Krallice.

      • Max

        Really? That’s interesting, because I would have guessed that he was doing bass here, too.

        He did produce Colored Sands as well as this, didn’t he? That would probably account for a lot of the similarity too. Quite possibly Krallice are using the same backline here as what was used on Colored Sands, if both were done in his studio. That happens quite a lot in production situations.

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

          I believe that he did produce both, as well as a lot of the other “skronk” albums. That probably accounts for the similarities to Artificial Brain I hear.

  • KJM
  • HessianHunter

    Omg omg omg omg omg OMFG

  • Scrimm

    Not all twins are bad.

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      I’m sad I didn’t see this till now. Well played.

  • DCLXVI

    Happy Birthday LINK

  • Now I’m finally listening this.

    First time listening Krallice, so, I didn’t knew what expect exactly.

    I can jam this. Thanks, Dubz!

  • KJM
    • Bozamole Jim

      Great movie.

      • KJM

        Seen it a million times.

        • Bozamole Jim

          I know that if a movie is KJM approved, I gotta see it. Still grateful for the Blake’s 7 recommendation.

          • KJM

            Ooh, have you finished them all yet?

          • Bozamole Jim

            Oh yeah, ages ago. I actually think I want to go through the show again. I’ve been trying to convince my dad to watch them too, since they’re right up his alley, but I can’t get them on DVD here, and he’s too technologically illiterate to stream them. Gonna have to figure something else out.

          • KJM

            There is no official US/Canada release for the DVDs unfortunately. Either torrent or youtube is the only way to go.

          • KJM

            Good, now I can post this:
            Fucking stupid STUPID Blake!! All he had to do was tell Avon “No, I didn’t betray you. Tarrant is mistaken.” How fucking hard would that have been?

          • Bozamole Jim

            hahahahahahahaha dude I know. It would have been the fucking easiest shit. Although Avon >>>>>> Blake anyway.

          • KJM

            There’s a reason my Twitter handle is @KerrAvon666. Avon is the master of trash talk.

          • KJM

            However, to be fair, Gareth Thomas said he wouldn’t do that episode unless Blake was 100% dead at the end.

          • Bozamole Jim

            So they had to work it in.. but couldn’t they have done it better?? Ah well. Great series all around. I’ve been preaching the word to all my friends about it.

          • KJM

            That’s nothing compared to the ridiculous way they killed off Calley at the beginning of season 4.

          • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

            Damn, that reminds me, I forgot to watch Martyrs!

          • DO IT

      • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

        Anything Terry Gilliam is classic.

        • Bozamole Jim

          While I agree with you, Erik the Viking isn’t a Gilliam film.

          • Atomic Wedgie Massacre

            Thought it was. My goof.

          • KJM

            Terry Jones, I think.

          • Lacertilinger

            Yeah, kinda sad seeing him go downhill so much quicker than the rest with his mental health.

          • KJM

            Agreed. I’ve been a Python fan since childhood.

          • Lacertilinger

            Seeing Life Of Brian as a ten year old was profound.
            Friends hippy parents put it on and I didn’t even get most of it but enjoyed it enough to become a life long fan.

  • off topic but I don’t care… The new Trivium song is rambo-bangin! I wanna know what JAG thinks!

    GL

    • i know you didn’t ask for my opinion, but here it is: FLUSH!

      -JM

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        *SMASH*

      • Did you ever care for any of their tunes?

        • i did! ascendancy, crusade, and shogun (thanks to JAG for the rec)

          • Nice. The Crusade and Shogun are classics.

            GL

          • have you heard Capharnaum? it’s a tech death band that Matt Heafy was in prior to Trivium. it’s the rocket!

          • I listened to them in days past. I never bought the album though. I may have to revisit the release!

    • Atomic Wedgie Massacre
  • Atomic Wedgie Massacre
  • Stockhausen

    I’ve always wanted to do this with a band. “Oh hey. We, uh, just did this. Here.”

    • Lacertilinger

      You’re in that position, GIFD SDMF etc.

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Awesome

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      I wouldn’t expect you to be a Krallice fan, hombre.