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Navigating the intersection of noise and black metal can be tricky. Too often, a thick slab of power electronics is dumped at the beginning or end of a track—or worse, over it—becoming an obstacle to endure before getting to the point, rather than an integral part of the song. House of Apparition treads the murky boundaries of noise and black metal that a lot of newer obscure black metal bands wander, but unlike a lot of those bands, House of Apparition has found sure footing—over the below streaming 12-minute A-side, noise works in and out of punk-influenced, stripped-down black metal. We’ve featured House of Apparition on Invisible Oranges before (click to download a song along with some other cassette-only goodies), when the one-man California band had just released its first limited tape demo. The scope of this self-titled LP, recorded after the band’s first two demos (one is still available), is much grander, and the noise elements are more developed. The sound is fuller, too—I’d recommend listening on something more substantial than laptop speakers.

It’s hard to pick a highlight on this A-side. It flows seamlessly from start to finish, and though it is loosely divided into seven parts, it’s best consumed to as a whole. I’m a big fan of the anthemic, slowed-down march that begins to build around the 4:30 mark, but then again, I’m as drawn to the shorted-circuit intro and spazzed-out finish. Listen below.

House of Apparition’s self-titled LP is available from Nerdcore Records.

— Wyatt Marshall

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