Wow. This one is out there. Nagaarum return with just the kind of avante garde brutality that you can expect from these ambient metal mainstays. With interpretive art like this, I always find that the less said the better, so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.
This is an album that really needs to be interpreted on a case by case basis. We’re living in strange ass times and that is going to be reflected in a lot of artwork coming out of this point in history. Couple that with a group known for their spacey, sound collage driven work and you get Covid Diaries.
Fans of avante garde work by the likes of Lou Reed will be equally at home here with fans of a more atmospheric black metal. There is a lot of noise, a lot of ambience, and a whole lot of powerful and meaningful confusion. This is an album to be played at full volume to the sky in response to the happenings around us. There are heavy moments, but they don’t really stand out as the star of the show as much as the chaos that abounds more prominently throughout the album. It’s very difficult to explain, but everything about this just feels right.
I’ll be honest, this is going to be a divisive album. A lot of it seems meandering and without a clear structure, and it’s going to alienate a whole lot of people. But it needs to be given a shot. Give it one single listen. Sacrifice your forty two minutes to the metal gods and give this thing a listen. I promise you’ll come away with some form of appreciation for what you just heard.
Release date: July 31st, 2020
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