Review from Heavy Blog is Heavy

January 19, 2020
From: Heavy Blog is Heavy
Published: January 17, 2020

In the rapidly populating sea of post-atmospheric-gaze-whatever black metal it usually takes something truly innovative to grab my attention. Kassad doesn’t do anything overwhelmingly unique, experimental or progressive for the post-black metal scene, but by the end of the first track I just had that moment of “okay wow, these guys have got this sound figured out.” The greatness of their new album London Orbital sneaks up on you. In its consistency and confined scope, they’ve constructed a really digestible yet striking black metal album with strong replay value.

London Orbital was written as a conceptual, near-future dystopian sci-fi focused on urban living, where London itself is personified and human minds are distorted by artificial intelligence. From bandcamp: “I wanted to create music for an imagined, future London – one where the city’s monoliths of glass and concrete have come alive to assert their malevolent control over the millions of people that live and toil amongst them.”

Wild. That malevolence and oppression translates musically into a powerfully melancholy listening experience, capturing some of the brutality of dense urban living. Harakiri for the Sky style cascading riffs and emotional blackened screams strike such a bleak and bleary tone. This is probably the most depressing album I’ve heard this year, which I think is exactly what the artist was going for.

Like cities, London Orbital emits a hypnotic hum. The consistent post-rocky atmosphere is like a nearby electrical station or rail cars, forever radiating their presence. Synth-infused album closer “The Hollow” ups that dystopian metropolis feel. It builds as an ambient track, until a quick rest is jolted awake by a layer of reverb heavy guitars. As a cinematic instrumental, it sounds like a city itself is breathing mechanically. Synth pads, a more buzzing saw synth and the guitars are layered for an incredibly cold and bleak urban feel.

Reviewed by: Trent Bos

Review from Metal Pit

January 15, 2020
From: Metal Pit
Published: January 11, 2020

Un disco che nasce da un’idea chiara: parlare di un’ipotetica immagine futura di Londra, città in cui gli edifici di vetro e cemento prendono vita per controllare le migliaia di persone che lavorano e vivono al loro interno. Una città in cui, con il giusto punto di vista, si può vedere l’oscurità lentamente prendere il sopravvento sulla luce.
Le idee dietro a “London Orbital” sono chiare, e pur essendo concentrate sulla capit...

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Review from ZWaremetalen

January 15, 2020
From: ZWareMetalen
Published: January 10, 2020

Stilistisch gezien is het Londense Kassad een post-blackmetalband waarbij de line-up in de anonimiteit blijft. Geen idee dus wie er welk instrument bespeelt, of is dit toch weer zo’n typische éénmansband? Het doet er eigenlijk ook weinig toe, want het intrigerende concept en de clip van het tweede nummer The Concrete hebben mijn interesse voldoende gewekt.

In het verleden kwam ik graag in Londen en het is alweer veel te lang geleden...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

January 9, 2020
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: January 9, 2020

Kassad is a 1 man Black Metal project based in London, which is appropriate. London Orbital is Kassad’s second album coming 3 years after their debut Faces Turning Away, and 4 years after their debut Ep Humans. The feel on London Orbital is slightly less Black Metal than the bands debut, so we are closer to Post Black metal territory with this album. The album has a very modern feel as well, there are lots of electronic and ambi...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

January 9, 2020
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: January 6, 2020

This is the second album from UK post-black metallers Kassad.

Following on from 2017’s Turn Faces Away, Kassad now provide us with London Orbital, a dystopian concept album that’s modern and crushing in its bleak portrayal of near-future existence.

Kassad’s music is atmospheric post-black metal, combining harsh black metal with post-rock intricacy, dark ambience, and blackgaze atmosphere. It’s a delicate balance to do well, but...

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Review from Games, Brrraaains, and a Head-banging Life

January 5, 2020
From: Games, Brrraaains, and a Head-banging Life
Published: January 5, 2020

Creating a concept is one thing but making that concept come to life is another. Can the listener understand and be immersed in what the band/artist is trying to get across? Kassad’s creation, London Orbital has an incredible concept and across five unique but equally story telling tracks, it shines through. Like a ray of sunshine desperately trying to break through the darkness of the world.

Deliciously c...

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Review from Dead Rheteric

January 2, 2020
From: Dead Rheteric
Published: January 2, 2020

Back in 2017, Kassad impressed with Faces Turn Away, an album that made for an interesting merger between more corrosive black metal elements and the gloom of modern urban life. The same theme is applied to the band’s latest outing, London Orbital, though some of the more corrosive elements from the last album have been removed. Despite that, it’s a fluid album that sets itself apart from others in the post-black realm.

There’s st...

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 Released: January 10, 2020
Genre:: Urban Black Metal / Post-Metal


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