Swiss blackened doom horde Rorcal are about to become the one of the biggest forces in today's extreme metal scene. I'm not just saying that to please this beast, hoping it won't devour me. I'm saying that because I can feel it. Rorcal is everywhere, or so it seems. In my inbox, my download folder, my webzine, my head. Everything seems to be "Rorcalized". The past few weeks have been feeling like something was about to happen, something massive and relentless.
So we can be lucky that it's just a Rorcal album and not a terrifying natural disaster or war, which in a way is also a natural disaster if you think about it. I know, "just a Rorcal album" sounds pretty awful, especially since this isn't just an album. 'Creon' is the musical equivalent of a nuclear explosion or a meteorite impact. It's harsh, it's unforgiving and it's incredibly dark in nature. Above all, it's hypnotic and immersive.
In four long tracks, Rorcal does as Rorcal does best; blend black metal, doom metal and sludge, or post-metal if you like, together and blast the whole thing out in a fury of haunting noise. There's an almost constant wall-of-sound, regardless of the eventual tempo created by the drums. In a way, it doesn't seem to matter if these are blast beats or pounding doom drums, the level of intensity remains pretty much the same for fifty-one minutes.
The same goes for the vocals, which are being spewed out in a ferocious rage. From death growls to blackened screams and, just like the rest of the instrumentation, the vocals refuse to leave you in peace for as long as you will listen. And yes, you really want to listen. You want to scream along in absolute ecstasy, scream out your frustrations towards your job, your significant other, this society, the lameness of some of your relatives.
'Creon' is scream therapy and, in that aspect, probably one of the best versions of this therapeutical approach. I've been listening to a lot of albums in the past few decades and this is about as intense as it can possibly get. So Rorcal, I take my hat off for you, even though I ain't wearing any. You created something stunning, something that will hopefully inspire loads of bands to take extreme metal into the future. Job well done...