Welcome to ON THE HORIZON, our relentlessly infrequent feature wherein we discuss upcoming albums that have caught our sleep-encrusted eyes. Always on the lookout for the next best thing to wake us from slumber.
After reviewing last year’s excellent Death Ritual, I wasn’t expecting to see Yatra’s name sprout from the manure-ridden promo pit in such short order. But here we are, with the promise of their forthcoming sophomoric attempt on the ol’ horizon.
Simply put, Yatra’s prior treatise in doom was quite impressive. To quote my overly loquacious self, Death Ritual exudes “a unique character, and for that, it shines in the stygian environs of its own creation...the riffs moves like tepid silt, while drums perform their duties with little flash or braggadocio. Notably, the guitar is oddly comforting--its caliginous persona is so well defined that it takes on a near-physical presence.”
While I obviously enjoyed it in the moment, it is worth mention that this album has continued, months and months later, to pull me back into its fuzzy embrace. No small feat, given the quantity of doom we deal with.
Yatra’s latest, thank the lord, is more of the same--with every element albeit cranked to 11. For a brief taste of those harsher influences weaving their way into the mix, give the two advance singles a whirl--both “Carrion” and “Blood Will Flow” are intense, harrowing, and gloriously hefty numbers. As before, Helmuth’s vocals are darkly tangible in their aggression, and the riffs are as thick and mean as ever. Color this particular scribe appropriately enticed.
3. The Howling
4. After The Ravens
5. Blood Will Flow
6. Burning Vision
7. Three Moons
Yatra - Blood Of The Night will be released Jan. 31st from STB Records
Providing thoughtful reviews of music that is heavy, gloomy, and loud enough to wake us from slumber. Written by a groggy-eyed, highfalutin peasantry.