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Twilight Get Doomy on “Swarming Funeral Mass”


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Black metal supergroup Twilight are a totally different beast on their third and final album, III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb, coming on March 18 via Century Media. The group is minus Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd but plus Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, the former of which is completely unsurprising in light of recent issues and the latter of which came as something of a shock when it was announced in 2012. Sanford Parker, Wrest (Jef Whitehead), Isis’ Aaron Turner and The Atlas Moth’s Stavros Giannopolous have stuck it out, and the band may be all the better for it.

I didn’t much dig “Lungs,” the first song made available for streaming from the album (in January), but I’m really liking “Swarming Funeral Mass,” a song that sounds exactly like its name would imply. It’s a dark, doomy, plodding affair with an infectious guitar melody line that, if I had to bet on it, I’d say came from the hands of Mr. Giannapolous. I just got done hearing it for the first time and I feel compelled to press play and repeat it; how often can jaded metal pricks like us say that?

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