Where black metal, hypno punk and nihilism meet, there lies Norwegian metalheads Haust. Fourth album Bodies features a host (haust?) of guest appearances and deals lyrically with gender identity and the discarding of modern taboos. Not yer average metal band. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Fysisk Format.
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Haust take the opposite route to post-rock kvlters Deafheaven and achieve the same means -- pissing off black metal fans with a record that leans in on the genre, taps it on the back and then runs away giggling. Playing up their favourite bands’ tropes while mixing in the recent wave of psychedelia and a smattering of no frills punk rock, they come out of their hybrid holiday with ‘Bodies’, a record of distantly related guitars that go through pedals, distort and come out as a horrifying fever dream. Think Mayhem vocals with the psych-bending rock of Hookworms, and why not also compare it to the Men, and maybe you’ve got a good read on what it’s all about.
First up: this will never play as a black metal album. You can’t get into that place when the drums go between the fast bits and breakdowns of hxc; the gruesomely scowled vocals, plus the heavily distorted and finely chugged chords, read as influenced by your Mayhems and your Burzums and your Darkthrones, but for the most part this is a more straightforward collection of psych jams, filtered through a bit more hate. It sounds menacing, for sure; Vebjørn Møllberg sings like he has about three tongues and two hundred teeth, whisping and squealing as feedback whines and strings bend outward. But what the black metal influence really serves to do is to take all the joy and cosmic mystery out of the psych influence, reducing even the synth-laden sections into a cacophony of lizard scowls and raw garage punk. It’s a good hybrid; you can never tell where one style begins and the next ends. Not recommended if you are trve kvlt; recommended to anyone else.
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