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World Premiere: Negative Plane – “Angels of Veiled Bone”

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This is the world premiere of uncut audio and artwork from Negative Plane’s Stained Glass Revelations.

You can hear “Angels of Veiled Bone”, the third song on the album, below.

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“Angels of Veiled Bone”

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It gets better with every listen. From what I’ve heard of Stained Glass Revelations (the first four tracks), it ups the psychedelic aspects of 2006’s Et in Saecula Saeculorum. (EiSS was one of the first records I ever reviewed here (rather ineptly).) Organ and piano are prominent, and the melodies have a stronger psych/prog feel. I first felt this vibe two years ago from Hiems’ Worship or Die (commentary here), and I thought it strange then. Now it’s less so, as black metallers seem to be revisiting and drawing from their Mercyful Fate and old psych rock records (see, e.g., Ghost, The Devil’s Blood, perhaps Nachtmystium from ’06 to ’08).

But Negative Plane are trend-proof. They’re too iconoclastic to do anything vis-à-vis anyone else. They just do. Et in Saecula Saeculorum is one of the top five black metal records made after 2000. What I’ve heard of Stained Glass Revelations suggests an organic progression with a completely convincing atmosphere. It just feels right.

The album cover, on the other hand, is a head-scratcher. Did the mighty Timo Ketola – the guy responsible for Opeth’s “O” logo, Watain’s Casus Luciferi and Sworn to the Dark, Teitanblood’s Seven Chalices, and Deathspell Omega’s Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum, among many others – really create this underheated image? An out-of-focus photo plus leftovers from a Watain layout? Huh??? EiSS had some of the best liner notes I’ve ever seen for any record, so I have high visual hopes for this one. Had?

We’ll find out shortly. Stained Glass Revelations is out soon on The AJNA Offensive / Invictus Productions. You can pre-order it on Amazon here (available February 15), or get it directly from The AJNA Offensive (likely available January 17).

— Cosmo Lee

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