That’s just what Crow Black Sky is currently doing. The blackened metal horde from Cape Town, South Africa is allowing fans a free download of its album Pantheion simply for spreading the word to others. In this day of digital downloads, social media connections, and internet piracy, why not use it to your advantage? Especially when you have something this impressive to share with the masses.
Black metal bands seem to be the proverbial dime-a-dozen these days, but their is something unique and intriguing about Crow Black Sky. Perhaps it has something to do with where they hail from. We certainly never expected to be writing about a band from South Africa when we started the Loud and Local section. It’s just not someplace you think of for extreme metal. And you can hear some of that influence on this album, notably the track “A Shadow Consumes The Desert Sun”, an instrumental track that leads into the album’s title cut.
The band was formed only two years ago by guitarists Gideon Lamprecht and Kean Malcolmson along with bassist Stephen Spinas. Drummer Lawrence Jaeger soon jumped on board along with vocalist Ryan Higgo.
Crow Black Sky offer all that we love about black metal. Higgo’s growling vocals are appropriately menacing, but unlike so many other bands of this ilk, I can actually understand the lyrics. There are progressive elements to the band’s sound and plenty of blistering riffage with tight technical playing from Lamprecht.
Musically the band’s sound is an amalgam of styles that incorporate inspired progressive movements, along with classical, atmospheric, and acoustic elements. There songs are aggressive and at times brutal while also remaining melodically accessible, crisp and heavy.
On Pantheion,you can hear influences of bands like In Flames, Opeth and Amon Amarth in their sound, which is all good stuff without feeling like a rip-off. The album has excellent cohesion and flow and is a very promising start to what should be a bright and blackened future.
But rather than take my word for it, go ahead and download the album for free and immerse yourself in this as yet to be discovered blackened metal oasis.
This is one of my favorite new albums, and the band isn’t even signed. I don’t expect that to remain the case for very long. The band are currently already working on their follow-up to Pantheion.
Let’s spread the word and help get these guys signed! \m/