SMOHALLA / OMEGA CENTAURI - Tellur / Epitome CD
France's SMOHALLA deliver what must be some of the most outlandish, unpredictable and mindfucking metal out there at the moment. Blending black metal, classical, avantgarde, electronica and a myriad of other expressions into a tapestry so rich, arresting and unique the listener is constantly bombarded with new, weird sensations. All narrowminded preconceptions about what metal is supposed to be should be left at the door. OMEGA CENTAURI on the other hand, while still on the experimental side of metal sound strangely puristic in comparison. That is not to say their hybrid of post rock, black metal, film music et al can be called anything but their own. Following up their amazing 2012 debut album with material that is actually older, these three lengthy pieces are just as amazing as anything we've come to expect from this enigmatic act.
Duplicate Records 2013
One the most intriguing releases of the year
This artful, exquisite, thinking-man's piece of dark art is beyond recommended!
9/10 - Chronicles Of Chaos