This week, we’re taking a trip to Poland in our Under the Radar segment to have a little peek at some black metal. No, not the first couple Behemoth albums, you twits — Plaga!
Plaga’s debut album, Magia Gwiezdnej Entropii was one of the best black metal albums of 2013, and was in my honorable mentions for my Best of 2013 list if anyone paid attention to that. There’s a whole lot of different stuff going on in black metal these days with bands employing a progressive and post-metal aesthetic to their blackened sound, some whacky shit like Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega, and bands going back to the original lo-fi, stripped down, and raw approach of the early ‘90s.
Plaga can be grouped into the third category as their debut album, the title of which I won’t subject you to pronouncing again, sounds more at home in 1993 than 2013.
Five songs spanning 35 minutes, one being an introduction track makes this album a quick listen, but provides more than enough through the songwriting and dynamics of the four true songs here.
The first song, “Trąby zagłady cz. II,” begins in a typical black metal fashion, but the strength of the songwriting really comes through towards the end with some triumphant tremolo-picked string bends that stride off to the song’s end. “Slaying the Spiritless Abel” is another highlight on the album with a simple riff that won’t leave your head.
If you need your fix for some lo-fi black metal and have just about had it with your Darkthrone and Burzum records, give Plaga a shot. I mean, Dagon of Inquisition cited it as his favorite album of 2013 in case you were questioning my endorsement.
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