Thursday, April 09, 2009

Black Math Horseman - Wyllt

Black Math Horseman
Tee Pee

You know what’s often missing in popular music these days? A sense of mystery. I don’t mean projects by pseudonymous musicians making music for shits & giggles that they wouldn’t sully their main outlets with (hello, Goblin Cock), but a genuine air of what is this and where does it come from? I get that from Black Math Horseman. The L.A. foursome undulates through heavy guitar riffs, soaring melodies, alternately plodding and gliding rhythms and an aura of sorcerous dread, like a coven of black magicians breaking off the rituals for the night and hauling out the instruments for a jam session. Bassist Sera Timms mixes her vocals at midrange, making her pronouncements unintelligible and enigmatic. Who the heck knows what Torment of the Metals is about, or what A Barren Cause is? Who cares? There’s a little Sabbath, a little Hawkwind, a little goth metal and quite a bit of Black Widow. But enough of the band’s own ideas emerge from the smoke to make Wyllt both immediately appealing and not quite like anything you’ve heard before.

- Michael Toland

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