I read a review of Arrayed Claws by a respected contributor on a certain popular metal website, and I think that he best captured in a single adjective the entire aesthetic and structure of this album: insectoid. This is unquestionably dissonant black metal and it is unquestionably experimental, but what makes it unique and memorable is indeed the insectoid, off-kilter riffing and melodies. Despite the unsettling atmosphere of this album, it is a credit to Lorn’s songwriting abilities that the entire album is utterly hypnotising. Furthermore, even though each song contains melodies that are repeated at length before transitioning in unpredictable ways to different, equally-intriguing melodies, the whole affair is completely cohesive. These gents are also rather accomplished musicians in terms of instrumental prowess, and I was left wondering more than once just how they executed certain sections. In closing, as myriad as are the fish in the ocean, equally numerous are the reasons to buy this album and commit yourself to the insectoid void.
Favorite track: Abstract Trap.