Canonical Hours 2009
A militantly hateful mood permeates every industrialized black metal note constructed by the new album from Bloodline. The line-up has underwent a decidedly Swedish makeover since the debut album, Werewolf Training with members of Ondskapt and Naglfar joining Bloodline's ranks. After a cold and unfeeling ambient intro the hypnotic black metal textures of The Great Becoming march forward like a robotic version of Forgotten Woods. Wrathyr's vocals even have a similar harsh echoing effect on them. The track breaks into simplistic synths and Germanic oration samples, likely Hitler and his cronies. Order of the Parasite rises next and bears a striking resemblance to Burzum at its most stripped down core. Simple yet chillingly haunting keys strip all warmth from the song as its methodical beat trudges into the gas chambers to exterminate all life in the world. Eric Syre of Canada's Thesyre created the menacing electronic ambience of The Stampede. A bit more uptempo is Jerusalem Addio with is sawing trebly guitars and eerie synth undercurrents. Wrathyr's vocals are distorted and blend into the wall of noise that drifts towards climax before collapsing into a lonely fuzzed out guitar. Additional layers burst upon those guitars for added suffocating effect. A somber piano contrasts against the hateful anti-white sermon of a black preacher. The track paints a beautiful dance of beauty and hate as they are inseparably intertwined. The programmed drums on Hate Procession add to the heartless mood of the material. Bloodline's return is a welcome one and Hate Procession, as its name would imply, is brimming with merciless hatred from its every pore. The music is cold, cruel and completely without empathy or compassion. The perfect accompaniment to world suicide.