Finnr’s Cane

ELEGY

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a - CH­ERYL CARTER

PROPHECY PRO­DUC­TIONS AT­MO­SPHERIC AND DEV­AS­TAT­ING BLACK METAL, WITH STRINGS AT­TACHED

Cana­dian group Finnr’s Cane be­gin their third full-length with the ma­jes­tic Wil­low, a track that in­cor­po­rates beau­ti­ful strains of cello along­side front­man The Bard’s spo­ken-word approach. Finnr’s Cane strip the el­e­ments of metal back to its ori­gins, al­low­ing the mu­sic to flow freely with­out the chains of genre con­strain­ing the sounds. The hyp­notic pace of Elegy pours through the drums, mov­ing the record from min­i­mal be­gin­nings to richer sounds, while Strange Sun (the first wholly black metal track we hear) plays with climb­ing gui­tars to build melan­choly and cir­cu­lar rhythms. The cello re­places basslines and The Slave uses her in­stru­ment to glo­ri­ous ef­fect. Empty City is laced with stringed sor­row and reaches to vo­cals laid low in the mix, the de­spair in­ti­mate and pal­pa­ble. It gives heartache a new mean­ing and Elegy an edge that Finnr’s Cane have long been search­ing for.

FOR FANS OF: AGALLOCH, FEN, DÄMMERFARB­EN

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