Tranquillity of Death By Mikko Aspa
Clandestine Blaze is a one-man black metal band formed in Lahti, Finland in 1998. During 20 years of existence, CB has published ten full-length albums and various other releases. It is pure Black Metal, in a very straight forward style. It leans towards influences from bands such as Burzum, Darkthrone, Judas Iscariot, Graveland, Bathory, Goatlord. Releases are often bleak and minimal in their approach. Music, production, lyrics and graphics are usually crude.
Tranquillity Of Death was musically written in December 2017, in the very spontaneous effort. Album was both composed and recorded within one month. The approach was to discover what the song material itself speaks. Therefore lyrics were written during following spring, based on feeling each song musically presented. This was a slightly different approach compared to past albums. Especially when compared to early albums. The result was very good.
Lyrics were written to reflect the feeling of the music. If the song appeared violent and crude, so were the lyrics. If the song appeared triumphant, so were the lyrics. Method of the album was more about emerging than a calculated plan. Those who know Clandestine Blaze and have read some of the lyrics in past must have seen that each album usually expands the themes set albums. It is the case with Tranquility Of Death. It has new angles and conclusions, yet the subject matter itself is established on former albums. It returns to important themes that have actual meaning.
Clandestine Blaze presents fragments to things that form my personal worldview or is a particular interest. This includes what can be bluntly described: religion, politics, myths like you say. Clandestine Blaze lyrics operate usually in many levels, but they can be also taken simply “as is”. Most albums carry a quite distinct red line of album theme, that continues in the chain from previous to next and creates a link from new to old ones. With Clandestine Blaze, crucial is, that lyrics must have strong personal meaning. Each lyric of the new album is written in a way that it has to work on multiple levels, but the core message must be fairly well understood.
As much as I can appreciate the growing level of professionalism among artists who specialize in “metal music”, I must say that I am bored to death by the production line mentality. Artwork that could be for any band, not for the particular album where it was published. Recycling exactly the same elements, as if they’d be clip-art from a computer program. It is nearly every subgenre of metal that suffered from this. It doesn’t matter is it “religious black metal” or “bestial black metal” or possibly yet another dreamy nature photo cover of atmospheric post-bm, looking as if it went through iPhone colour toning… It is not so common for me to see artwork that really does stand out. Usually, they stand out for being somehow rugged and hand made in a good way.
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