Krallice have been making a big name for themselves recently. The NYC band played an incredible gig with Portal and Gorguts last year in Brooklyn which we covered in our article, "America, meet Portal." The metal world has been on the edge of its seat for Krallice's new effort, and finally the full album, Diotima, is up on NPR as a part of their "First Listen" series.
NPR writer, Lars Gotrich describes the band and their new full-length beautifully on NPR.org:
Krallice is one of the most thrilling bands in metal: Riff for riff, the group's blast-beated epiphanies demand more of listeners with each subsequent album. Diotima is the band's third record in four years, and that workmanlike ethic has served Krallice well. What started as a vehicle for guitarists Mick Barr (Orthrelm, Ocrilim) and Colin Marston (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) to apply their insane technical skill to classic Darkthrone riffage is now a fully formed unit, crafting dense compositions that go beyond the band's individual talents to achieve something greater.
Unrelenting yet defiantly rhapsodic, Diotima — out April 26 — revels in its many layers. But, for as many counterpoint riffs and rhythmic pummelings as there are here, the compositions are always razor-sharp. It's almost alarming when Krallice briefly syncs into a subdivided machine-gun ratatat in "The Clearing," which, believe it or not, serves as a moment of levity in the bludgeoning darkness.