The album takes things in a whole new direction for the project and focuses heavily on chill lo-fi beats and trip hop, with black metal, jazz, noise and drum & bass elements worked in. The main thing that I love about this album though, is its captivating, yet calming atmosphere and the way that that atmosphere is hijacked without warning by harsh and abbrasive black metal and noise elements. Overall I loved this album and I applaud the artist for taking a chance and making something so unique.
Artist: Cicada The Burrower
Album: Blight Witch Regalia
Label: Independent / Blue Bedroom Records
Release Date: April 7, 2023
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Written by James Sweetlove
Somehow I missed that Cicada The Burrower dropped a new album back in April, so now that I’m aware and have fully experienced it a couple of times, I need to talk about Blight Witch Regalia. The album takes things in a whole new direction and focuses heavily on chill lo-fi beats and trip hop elements with black metal, jazz, drum & bass and psychedelic elements worked in.
The project’s previous album Corpseflower was a far harsher affair than this latest offering so I was immediately taken aback upon first listen. It was more of a “I am completely caught off guard” than a “what the hell is this” type reaction. However, after a few tracks I was very much feeling this album and was very glad that I had a full eight tracks of it to enjoy.
The main thing that I love about this album is its captivating, yet calming atmosphere and the way that that atmosphere is hijacked without warning at times by harsh and abbrasive black metal and noise elements. Smooth, soulful mixtures of trip hop and relaxed drum & bass will suddenly give way to pummeling aggression both electronically and vocally, as biting shrieks and raw barked black metal vocals pour forth.
Its important to not that note every track features harsh elements, some songs are simply stunningly constructed, calming pieces of music. Others still aren’t harsh but are more high energy electronic offerings. I think that this balancing act of 2/3 electronics and 1/3 harsh elements actually works in the albums favour. Not only that, it makes those moments that much more impactful when they do make an appearance.
Overall I loved this album and I applaud the artist for taking a chance and making something so unique and daring. I know that not everyone will appreciate this album and that’s fine, but I think there will be enough people that do that it will develop its own special fanbase. I can’t wait to see more artists be willing to take risks like Cicada The Burrower with each and every release.