The geographical expansion of metal and all its subgenres is a consolidated fact, but until now South Africa, despite the obvious and heavy cultural influences coming from Europe, had not yet produced really significant realities, at least in the most extreme field. The young Wildernessking come to break this trend with an album of great thickness, almost perfect in their reworking of the black metal material taming it to melodic and melancholic drives. After an already appreciated debut album dated 2012, the quartet from Cape Town returns in these early days of the new year with Mystical Future, offered to the public also in a captivating limited edition vinyl version (500 copies by Sick Man Getting Sick Records), as well as in the unfailing cassette format (Monotonstudio Records) and the more canonical CD (Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions). The disc has about three quarters of an hour of music spread over 5 tracks in which, the virtual isolation of our compared to the main scenes, seems to have allowed them to develop a very personal form in approaching the matter, as the label post black in the end fits like a glove. After all, an absent-minded listener could argue that in Mystical Future there is nothing more than a wise alternation between black outbursts and airy and liquid melodic openings, but in fact the difference between Wildernessking, compared to many other bands dedicated to the genre, manage to do it by reducing to a minimum the interlocutory passages, those that often prove to be just a ploy to lengthen the broth until the plate is filled to the brim. Thus, Wild Horses and I Will Go To Your Tomb unfold in their swinging course between dreamy impulses and sudden injections of vitriol, while To Transcend is as placid as a lake surface, rippled from time to time by threatening voices in the background. The B side of the vinyl presents With Arms Like Wands, the song that Wildernessking have chosen as a single and that, as often happens, is the most canonical of the lot, without this meaning that it is not up to the situation, and the long If You Leave, the final musical manifesto of the South African band, in which a first part marked by a suave female voice is gradually overlapped by a strong melodic progression, and then change further and then again, in an emotional up and down that widely defines the level reached by these four guys. Mystical Future is very close to the state of the art of current atmospheric post black, and the fact that this comes from a nation outside the usual circle, is further confirmation of the universality of music, in all its forms and styles.

2016 – Sick Man Getting Sick Records / Monotonstudio Records / Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions