Glyph – The Time of Peril (Review)

Glyph - The Time of PerilThis is the second album from Glyph, a one-man black metal band from the US.

We turn now to solo act Glyph for a 37-minute trip into a black metal underworld that’s a work of individuality and obvious passion. There’s a special sort of mysterious, esoteric magic that surrounds The Time of Peril, one that’s quite intoxicating to delve into.

Now here’s an album that has a well-developed personality of its own. Underpinned by a mixture of second wave, depressive, and atmospheric black metal, (as well as others, such as post-black and thrash metal), The Time of Peril somehow manages to twist each of these just enough to produce something atypical, but not so much so as to be considered avant-garde, experimental, or something that strays too far from the core tenets of the style. In this way The Time of Peril presents the listener with a really interesting album; assuming you’re accustomed to harsh, underground black metal, this record is familiar enough to be comfortable, yet different enough to sound fresh and vibrant.

The guitars are a highlight, and one of the main reasons The Time of Peril sounds like it does. For such a short album the tracks contain so many killer riffs, molten melodies, and electrifying rhythms, it’s insane. Also, it’s unusual to hear black metal with bass as prominent as it is here, and that’s no bad thing. Although certainly not the primary focus of the music, the bass is an active participant in Glyph’s world, and the music is all the better because of it. Vocally we get unhinged screams, shrieks, and snarls that sit low in the mix and provide a furious layer of feral abandon. I have no idea what’s being said, but you can tell he really means it.

The artist behind Glyph clearly knows how to write a black metal track. Although he mostly sticks to the accepted tropes of the style, he does so with just enough of his own personality to make listening to Glyph feel like an atypical experience.

Well, what a remarkable release. This is precisely the sort of album that trawling through the underground blackened hordes makes worthwhile. If you’re a fan of black metal with personality, songcraft, and seemingly endless riffs, then this is one to definitely check out.

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