Album Review: Barn Owl - Ancestral Star (Thrill Jockey)
San Fran duo's third effort is an incantation of enchanting, rich witchcraft
There’s something darkly ponderous about this San Fran duo’s third effort – in fact, the record sounds like the scariest Catholic mass you’ve never been to. A relentlessly ominous thrum, clanging metals, eerie choral voices, sawing violin and does-what-it-says titles such as ‘[b]Cavern Hymn[/b]’, ‘[b]Visions In Dust[/b]’ and ‘[b]Night’s Shroud[/b]’ conjure up the enduring image of the biggest fucking thurible a priest ever did swing in God-fearing fury. Even on tracks where celestial melody and light shatter the swirling fug of riffs – making [a]Barn Owl[/a] sound more like a whacked-out Dead Meadow – the mood within is h-e-a-v-y like a bewitching series of black metal incantations.
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