Wildernessking are a Black Metal band from South-Africa. Now, if you have been following the Black metal scene in recent years, some of the best releases have come from places you wouldn’t really expect them to. Iceland is having a boom at the moment, with bands like MisÞyrming, Naðra and 0, Australia has been pumping out disgusting music with the likes of Portal and Dissonant Winds, and last year one of my favourite black metal records came from Belgium, with Wiegedood slaying all in it’s path.
Wildernessking are a different beast then those aforementioned, more subtle, building up their tracks slowly and patiently, with some post-rock and shoegaze influences, to create long, emotional tracks. Now, a lately, a lot of these bands are popping up, with mixed success. I Blame this largely on Deafheaven, who singlehandedly were able to make Black metal accessible for outsiders, and, in doing so, created a larger fanbase for a genre which frankly needed a kick in the butt for a long time.
Now, i know a lof of trve cvltists hate the Black Metal Deafheaven produce, but I love it. It gives some emotion and humanity to a genre known for being cold and misanthropic.
Wildernessking take a lot from the Deafheaven playbook. Shimmering riffs, explosions of noise, long, spacious songs that give every member the chance to show their skills.
They make it all their own though. Since they are more post-rock influenced, there are very little walls of sound. They work more by building intensity from the ground up, and trying to pull the listener in slowly. But once you’re involved, there is no way out.
My favourite track is White horses. The build-up pulls you in slowly, and there is a riff around the 6 minute mark that raised the hairs on my arms when I first heard it. It makes you feel hopeless and joyful at the same time. You take a journey with the band, and they show you there is light at the end of the tunnel. It has that feel to it the best Mono tracks have, and it’s joyeus.
This album has been released by Les Acteurs de l’Ombre, so let’s get them some exposure so a European tour can happen. That’d be grand!