It’s not easy to keep up with the stylistic changes made by Brooklyn-based avant-garde quartet Krallice, partly because their album releases don’t temporally line up with their artistic progress. As I understand it, the songwriting on the band’s first three LPs — 2008’s Krallice, 2009’s Dimensional Bleedthrough, and 2011’s Diotima — was all based on demos that guitarist Colin Marston and guitarist/vocalist Mick Barr put together before the band even formed in earnest. Krallice’s fourth album, 2012’s Years Past Matter, came from new songwriting sessions involving all four members (Marston + Barr + drummer Lev Weinstein + bassist/vocalist Nick McMaster).
Their next album, 2015’s Ygg Hurr, signaled an entirely new approach to songcraft for Krallice: Gone were the marathon-length atmospheric black-metal epics, replaced by terse, frenetic, free-jazzy death-metal spasms that brought to mind anti-genre ultra-weirdos like John Zorn and Mr. Bungle. Then in 2016, they released the Hyperion EP, which had actually been recorded in 2013 (prior to Ygg Hurr) for a split LP that never materialized. So if you’re trying to track Krallice’s evolution (a wildly lucrative endeavor!), you gotta factor in all that.
But wait, there’s more! Today, the band offer up a new track via the Adult Swim Singles Series, and Barr shared some of the song’s evolutionary history with Noisey. So what’s the deal here?
Our song “Hate Power” was conceived and written by myself over the past five years.
To clarify: It came together over the half-decade during which they came up with Years Past Matter, Hyperion, and Ygg Hurr. (The song clocks in at 3:45, btw.)
But enough pedantry, let’s get to the music. Structurally I think “Hate Power” hews closer to Ygg Hurr than anything else in the band’s catalog, which is great, because Ygg Hurr ruled. Not that I’d complain if they went back to 20-minute noise-blizzards. There’s no bad version of Krallice.
Two other notes from Barr, both of which are especially welcome:
The lyrics take an anti-hate stance. It will be on our new record, Prelapsarian, which will be released this Winter Solstice.
The world needs both of those things. Unless plans have changed (and I really hope they haven’t), that’s Prelapsarian’s cover art above. Winter Solstice 2016 is Wednesday 12/21. Slip this one into the mix between “Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for some good holiday fun. But by all means, you should also blast now.