Chicago's one-man band Light Shall Prevail spearheaded Christian black metal (also called "white metal", already pioneered by Trouble in the 1980s), that was neither hateful nor nihilistic, with the lo-fi, convoluted, trippy Defeat The Reign Of The Horned One Through The Light Of Christ (2006) and with the mini-album Unearthen Hymns Of Revolt (2007), that boasted even more warped vocals and more spastic drum-machines.
That school also yielded
Agathothodion's sprawling midtempo jams of Kan Guds Gjort (2007), and
Flaskavsae's Philosophies (2007), buried into dense, thick droning hurricanes.
His other project Njiqahdda was hardly black metal at all:
(augmented with repetitions, overdubs and loops)
and psychedelic spatiotemporal warping
(with riffs, vocals and beats seemingly coming from a parallel dimension)
the stereotypical elements of black metal.
The split personality of the project was evident from the
double-disc Njimajikal Arts (E.E.E. Recordings, 2007),
the first disc devoted to post-doom metal
(the tense Blister Within The Hive,
the psychedelic A Tale Of Ancient Tergue,
the foggy and unstable Blue Wintry Days)
amd the second disc devoted to static music
(the dark ambient Ancient Tergue Recital,
the laid-back cosmic The Wintry Grey).
The extra-metal ambitions
were also on display with
the 53-minute dark ambient piece of Fortu Manske Orta (2007), credited to Njiijn,
the 29-minute super-droning Nostri Di Consivint Mek, off
Almare Dosegaas Fyaltu (2007).
double-disc Aartu Mortaa (Njiijn Arts Productions, 2008) contained a
full 60-minute disc of dark ambient music; and
Ints Nji Verfatu (Njiijn Arts, 2008) contained four lengthy pieces
that adhered more closely to the standards of black metal.
Nji. Njiijn. Njiiijn. (E.E.E., 2008) contained:
Nortii Maatu (15:58),
Aasklamatii Ligmett Aursag (18:05),
Urmae Copistrum Xaaqa Qahdda (21:05),
Four more appeared on Mal Esk Varii Aan (2008),
a more ambient-oriented effort.
Tys Lysaj Ani Loparuu (2008) and
Taegnuub - Ishnji Angma (2009) offered pieces that were less ambitious but perhaps more cohesive.
Njiqahdda then released 12 albums in 2009, but only
Yrg Alms (Pagan Flames, 2009) stood out, thanks to four lengthy
compositions that ran the gamut from ambient music to folk-rock and
The Path Of Liberation From Birth And Death (Pagan Flames, 2011) moved
further towards the realm of melodic prog-rock with the
25-minute suite Universal Form Replaced With Despondent Chaos.
Many of these albums contain interesting ideas but not a single composition
can be considered accomplished because the ideas are so diluted and surrounded
by so much fluff.
Meanwhile, Light Shall Prevail collaborators started Wrathful Plague that released
Bitter Forest Winds (E.E.E. Recordings, 2008).
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