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The most interesting music changes over time in such a way that you, the listener, have no idea what kind of journey on which you've been taken. In metal, at least with something as dynamic and aggressive as black metal, such an approach is difficult when superimposed with structure. Such is the difficulty of "composing" music, rather than simply piecing parts together. Italian black metal trio Lorn finds comfort in such a progressive approach. Multi-instrumentalist Radok's (ex-Battle Dagorath) writing style generally begins in a simple sense, steeped in epoch-based black metal conservativism. Take, for example, "Abstract Trap", from their upcoming Arrayed Claws EP. With an opening which heralds back to Blut aus Nord's genre-defining third and fourth albums, the song itself slowly blossoms: chords expand, atmospheres germinate and fan out, and individual performances generally become more colorful, and it's organic. Compared to the much more nondescript thesis the song makes, "Abstract Trap" grows and blossoms into something much more remarkable and (though frightening and discordant) beautiful over time, barely resembling its formation. How did we get to this point? Does it matter? Experiencing growth is much more enjoyable than meditating on it.

The surprisingly-long-for-an-EP Arrayed Claws is slated for a February 3rd release on the fantastic I, Voidhanger Records, who recently announced their intimidating 2017 release schedule. Listen to an exclusive premiere of "Abstract Trap" below.

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