Exterior Palnet – Dorsia
If it was up to me, I would stop with the review right here and tell you to grab their album called “Dorsia”. However, MJM doesn’t do small reviews, so I will go for plan B.
Exterior Palnet is self-proclaimed sci-fi black metal band founded in 2015, in Zagreb, by Josip Vladić (Celephais, 23) on drums and Bruno Čavara on guitars, best known from the band Throattwister.
After a few rehearsals and additional members, sci-fi black metal opus, “Dorsia”, of 32 minutes is born, recorded and later mastered in Audiosiege studio under the direction of producer Brad Boatright, who has over 20 produced albums behind him, including albums from Obituary, Toxic Holocaust, Vallenfyre and Sunn O))).
As one could expect from numbered songs, the whole album functions as one entity. The good news is that the album is very fluid, it doesn’t hold back on transitions and interesting parts, so that the half-hour duration of the album passes really fast, which is a point of such releases. Production fits perfectly with the style and the vibe itself. Especially in slower parts, where “Dorsia” stands out the most. The production, especially the sound of guitars, reminds me a lot of more industrial works of French band Blut Aus Nord. On one hand, they reached that thin line between dirtier industrial sound I cleaner production.
The bad side of such albums is that jumping from song to song is not the best idea, because sometimes you have an impression that you “missed” one previous part, which might be important for the overall impact of a certain song.
Vocals might be the weirdest thing in here. For some reason, they remind me of early vocal parts of Quorthon from Bathory. Even though they are far from bad, they do not fit with such type of music always and they can kill an overall impression of a song. Luckily, greater attention is given to the instrumental part and the atmosphere and lesser to the vocal parts. Lyrics on the other hand are quite good, nothing revolutionary, but the dark science-fiction theme of “Dorsia” goes hand in hand with the music.
Exterior Palnet are definitely a novelty in this region and with very solid album “Dorsia” they are certainly worth the attention. Fans of Mgła, Selbst, later Inferno from Czech Republic and Darkspace will feel like home with this album.