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Review: Surachai – To No Avail by Jayson

It’s a basic fact that you pretty much have me at the words “experimental black metal.” Or at the least, you’ve basically guaranteed a listen.

On a continuum between conventional black metal and the more extremely experimental stuff that I love, Surachai are occupying a comfortable middle ground. To No Avail is an album that could easily be enjoyed by fans of a band like Deathspell Omega who really aren’t into the whole experimental angle, but is equally engaging to the listeners who like going one step beyond into territory that’s outside the traditionally defined boundaries of the genre. Surachai are completely destructive and malevolent as any traditional black metal, which is rad; I love that stuff, but the part of me that loves experimental music was really fascinated by the brutal ambient parts. I’ve experienced a lot of evil noise, but To No Avail’s unabashedly digital approach is something unique. Regardless of where you are on the spectrum of extreme music, To No Avail is completely worth your time.

Available digitally or as a limited edition record from Handshake Inc.

– Jayson


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