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Jute Gyte – “Oviri” (Album Premiere)

Jute Gyte - Oviri - cover

Ever shifting, always changing, and always unsettling, Jute Gyte continues its barreling, decade-long sprint toward the furthest reaches of black metal impenetrability. A dual-headed beast, the solo project of one Adam Kalmbach expresses chaos and complexity through the lenses of black metal and 20th century Art Music, and, as of late, we see those lenses’ projections colliding with jagged, kaleidoscopic results. Last year’s Perdurance was the first strong example of Jute Gyte’s duality becoming something more monist, Kalmbach expressing more rhythmically complex chaos through his specific brand of microtonal black metal’s own sharp edges. After separating his two halves with The Sparrow just a few months ago, this unique act returns with last year’s recipe for chaos’s measurements reversed.

Now with his own tables turned, new album Oviri (the Tahitian goddess of mourning depicted by Gaugin in the cover art – once again, Jute Gyte’s references to world mythologies and religions remains overt) takes the Jute Gyte school of black metal and transcribes it through a complicated array of proto-industrial soundscapes. Through the menagerie of drill sounds, treated kalimba, and typewriter sounds buried beneath muscular beats and distorted “beehive” microtonality, Kalmbach’s oeuvre remains challenging, difficult, and memorable. Or, at least, memorable in the way you might slightly remember a night terror. Listening to Jute Gyte’s homages to the oft-ignored scholarly music of the last century – the sound manipulations of Stockhausen, Oliveros, and Éloy – is difficult, and Oviri‘s own seventy-five minute journey will be pockmarked with your own pit stops and dedications to silence. However, Kalmbach’s vision remains as true as ever, and in so this difficulty becomes rewarding. This challenge to metal’s norm – a postmodern take on black metal – should be celebrated and used as fuel to move the genre forward. Romantic-era worship be damned.

Oviri will be released on Adam Kalmbach’s Jeshimoth Entertainment Monday, July 10th digitally (free, as always) and on CD. Listen to the full album below. It will be incredibly, beautifully difficult.

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