Krallice | Diotima

Profound Lore (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 26, 2011
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The history of pop would have you believe that music has no purpose except to make you hum along and tap your toes, the perfect soundtrack for your participation in consumer society. But lurking at the fringes are always traces of what music can be — the siren call to communal ritual, the evocation of spirits, the tacit frenzy that transports participants from everyday life with moments of elation, terror, and enlightenment. Viewed from the safe confines of today's audio lullabies, the labyrinthine circling of the music of Krallice represents the mechanics of madness rendered as sound, polyphonic guitarchitecture in which left speaker battles right in epic wars, with nary a victory at the long-delayed end. Krallice's music is best experienced not from afar but from within, where the swirling chaos reveals itself as not chaotic at all. Diotima is poetry, classical allusion, the consideration of platonic love and our place in history. It is searing shards, intricately arranged, forward-moving, stretching to infinity — lurching, faltering, and then thundering for passages that stop time and levitate your world. Forget that it's metal, forget that you're you, forget that it's music, forget that it's an album, forget your name and your place, and, most of all, forget the intricate sense of things through which you've perceived the world your whole life. Put out the lights, draw the shades, lie on the floor, and let this album reveal a new map of the world with each thwacking barrage.
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