And so begins a weekly (I’ll do my best) rundown of some new, relatively underground black metal shit Ross sends my way. He has awesome taste. I’ll listen to it so you don’t have to, and share what I think you should check out. Hopefully you agree!
Ära Krâ – Ferne Tage (2011)
I am head over heels for Ära Krâ. With gorgeous artwork reminiscent of Fursy Teyssier’s ethereal Écailles de Lune, I couldn’t help but hope Ferne Tage was as good as it looked.
It was better.
Right now, I’m pushing aside my dislike for ridiculous subgenres. From the few reviews I’ve seen, it’s pretty much agreed that Ferne Tage falls into the “post-metal” category. Ära Krâ exhale ambient black metal, and manage to keep the endless cresting of desperate, impassioned vocals surrounded by this dark aura throughout the album. But there’s more going on here, from the surprising use of accordion in “Neuschnee” to “Licht,” a melodic exploration that could have come right off Agalloch’s more progressive Marrow of the Spirit.
I don’t know much about Ära Krâ, since they seem to enjoy retaining a sense of mystery. But Ferne Tage is literally haunting, and I’m eager to hear anything else these shadowy dudes have to offer.