Album Review: The Projectionist – The Stench Of Amalthia 7 (Black Metal)

Written by Zax
This album had it’s score altered by Carcassbomb in accordance to the new rule punishing sketchy record labels. I’ll let you google the articles in question, it’s easy.

  • The Projectionist
  • The Stench Of Amalthia
  • Black Metal
  • April 17th, 2020
  • Moribund Records
  • 7/10

What I’m about to talk about here is unlike anything I’ve ever heard really. This is one of those records that’s more of an experience than anything. This is a self-proclaimed black metal opera from Canadian band The Projectionist.

Artwork by Dennis Thomsen

As this is an opera, there is a story here. We see a dying old actress named Amalthia receive a new home nurse named Evelyn from Dr. Bendix. Those are our three main characters. While caring for Amalthia, a ton of twisted sinister events unfold upon Evelyn. Each character actually has their own unique voice actor, and the way the dialogue is weaved into the music is very unique and unlike anything I’ve ever heard.

This is easily one of the most unsettling and frightening album experiences I’ve ever had. The music here is downright abrasive, black metal at it’s most aggro and loud. It’s got razor sharp riffs, blastbeats, and tons of theatrical bombast that makes the album a wild ride. Not all of the tracks work out of the context of the record, but it also feels odd judging this like that when the album is better taken in as a collective experience.

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The main vocalist, Lörd Matzigkeitus, has a throat shredding shriek that is scary as hell all by itself. The voice for Amalthia is reflective of a wicked evil old crone on the brink of death, ironically enough she has the same voice actor as Evelyn, who has the most innocent voice of all of them. Bendix sounds creepy as hell too. These vocalists really make the record what it is.

This album is suffocating, overwhelming in a way. There is so much going on here and it doesn’t let up for even a second, there is no relief from the chaos of this record. I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

7/10

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