Sri Lanka’s A Village in Despair wreaks havoc on self titled EP
How many times have you heard “black metal” and “Sri Lanka” in the same sentence. Have you ever? Now you have, and you can thank the band A Village In Despair for that opportunity.
I normally write about indie pop and alternative releases on here so tackling a black metal band from a part of the world I know little about is a bit of a sobering task. This isn’t really my go to genre, and the vocals in the first half of “The Promise” remind me of that. It sounds like a someone is getting sick, though I suppose being in despair could do just that. However, I do enjoy the more atmospheric, instrumental side of the genre – a phenomenon that you can thank Deafheaven for. A lot of other folks are probably in that boat too, actually.
“Hope and Longing” is a driving track with an interesting mixture of swells and valleys, with plenty of vocal distortion to be had. The follow up song “Helpless” is probably my favorite of the three on the EP, for the mere fact that it’s guitar riffs are driving, triumphant, and thrilling. Listening to this made me think of Audiofeed Festival, oddly enough. This band would fit in perfectly there. I could see this sound working well in an intimate setting just as much as a large theater.
While the vocals aren’t really my cup of tea – I much prefer Deafheaven’s style – I found this band to be musically adept and an interesting listen.