Pillorian have released the second single off their upcoming album, Obsidian Arc.
Before we get into that let’s rap a little. We’ve all been through rough break ups. Maybe you met someone very special. Maybe you thought there was a real connection there. Maybe you made the mistake in thinking it had the potential to last. I’m sure you two had a great run and formed memories that will stick with you for a lifetime. But everything comes to an end and like our elderly editor says, “somethings don’t work out”.
You may have entered a weird place afterwards. You’re friends pleaded with you to delete there number and unfollow them. You can follow their advice, but did any of that actually fix how you were feeling? The fact is you just don’t come out the same person you were going in.
That very well may be what is going on with John Haughm. Haughm was the vocalist and guitarist of the classic Portland, OR based black metal band, Agalloch. The band broke up last year citing the typical reasons. What’s bizarre is Haughm went on to form Pillorian while the rest of his former bandmates went on to form an entirely new band without him.
As someone who was expecting more of the same from Haughm, this is a surprise. What made Agalloch so special was their ability to display the beauty in the genre without falling back on shoegaze, blackgaze, or any other kind of gaze. The music was gorgeously constructed compositions aimed at snow topped pines and trickling streams just after the thaw.
Yeah, all of that’s gone now. It seems that Haughm has chopped down those pines and is now burning them in his Buick sized Citizen Kane style fire place. Pillorian takes a much harsher approach. “Archaen Divinity” has much more in common with Bathory than Ulver, whom Haughm used to take notes from. It’s a welcome surprise and I’m excited to see what comes next. I just hope John is okay.
Sound off in the comments with your worst break up story. We’re a supporting community after all.
Happy Valentine’s Day. You’re great.
Obsidian Arc is out 3/10. Pre-order it through Eisenwald.