Published May 12, 2014Some metal prefers to do damage via blunt instruments, bludgeoning like a war hammer or morning star, creating impact by sheer, bone-crushing force. Other incarnations of the genre choose the rapier or scalpel, electing for destruction via ghastly precision. Rare is it to find a group that does both well, but blackened death and doom oddities Owl are one of them.
The duo, composed of multi-instrumentalist Christian Kolf and drummer Patrick Schroeder, have made a significant leap forward with their latest EP, Into The Absolute, a more emotionally complex and stylistically sophisticated offering than their still-impressive sophomore effort You Are The Moon, I Am The Night. They've paired a dark, almost gothic sensibility with moments of stunning celestial beauty, especially on closing track "Unearthly Arcana," which snarls and thrashes as much as it caresses and undulates. With all the aggression of black metal in the blast beats and harsh vocals, and the crushing force of doom in the pace, this manages to be a shocking subtle effort, one worth savouring. (Zeitgeister)