EP Review: WOLVSERPENT Aporia:Kāla:Ananta
Wolvserpent have made a name for themselves as one of the most distinct, abstract and inherently fascinating bands in the world of heavy music. With a unique lineup (Brittany McConnell plays drums and violin whilst Blake Green focuses on guitars and vocals) the band has always been able to craft eerie and profound sounds that resonate with listeners across the globe. Their latest release, a 40 minute song entitled Aporia:Kāla:Ananta is a touching exploration of avant garde metal magic, conjuring up eerie soundscapes and ethereal worlds, forcing you to come to terms with a weird – oft ignored side of metal.
There is something inherently uncomfortable about Aporia:Kāla:Ananta not because it's bad, but rather because it's so beautifully weird. As you delve into the otherworld presented by Wolvserpent it's impossible not to feel charmed by the atonal violins, grimy vocals and tense drums. The sense of sonic terror and isolation invoked by Aporia:Kāla:Ananta will resonate with listeners for years to come. This isn't the kind of record that you can just listen to and then easily forget – no – this is an album that gets under your skin, weasels its way into your head and makes you scream.
As a writer for various music websites I get exposed to a lot of music on a daily basis. Very rarely does it give me chills or cause the immediate visceral response that Aporia:Kāla:Ananta does. This is an album that forces you to look at unique sides of music that we rarely have to face. This is an album that gives us a glimpse into a dark netherworld, a side of heavy music that isn't sufficiently explored. Instead we need to look deeper, embrace it, and try to understand its weirdness, not because it is right or wrong, but because it represents the truth.