Mora Prokaza - By Chance review




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Band: Mora Prokaza
Album: By Chance
Release date: July 2020


01. WIMG
02. I'm Not Yours
03. Check It
04. I'm A Human
05. I See It This Way
06. Madonna
07. Be There
08. Sorry Man
09. Blacker Than Black


That trap really tied the black together, did it not?

When Mora Prokaza revealed the full stream of their latest release, By Chance, they also added the following comment: "The album is not an experiment, but the result of interweaving of environment, cultures, attitude and personal preferences. This is self-development and moving forward in what you do. The main thing to understand is that people in Eastern Europe make music just because they want to make music. People here do not make money on music. They make music. And this is the most important thing in the album and in a whole music creation."

Mora Prokaza used to be a conventional black metal band, but all this changed when they released the "Blacker Than Black" single in 2018, which is also this album's closer. Its mix of trap and black metal just could not be passed up easily. The band decided to build on that sound with By Chance and even become more adventurous and experimental. Black metal has a history of successfully blending with sounds that on paper should not blend, like trip hop (Netra) or gospel (Zeal & Ardor) but this sort of thing doesn't happen every day. It's rare that I get to come across something as avant-garde as this, let alone dig it as much.

This is music to be played in a mental asylum; any track could be used as the theme song for American Horror Story and I mean this as high praise. Obscure melodies, dark sound effects and various interesting instruments (accordion, piano, brass instruments, etc.) are used to provide a blackened trap stage on which Farmakon barks the - admittedly silly - lyrics like a rabid pit bull. It feels slightly repetitive towards the end of its second half, but this is really the only flaw I can mention.

The twisted introduction and the vitriolic aggression of "WIMG", the folksy perversion of "Check It", the demented piano playing of my absolute favourite "I See It This Way", and the ritualistic character of "Madonna" got imprinted on my brain after just one listen. With subsequent listens, I found myself growing fond of this album more and more. I don't even know how and why I initially gave it a chance; whether it was the epilepsy-inducing second part of the "I'm Not Yours" video, which reminded me of the late Keith Flint on "Firestarter" or the fact that my ears had already been trained by the gangsta black metal vibe of Peste Noire's "Le Dernier Putsch", but By Chance has now become an album that I enormously enjoy and play a lot, even though my normal listening habits suggest that it should make me barf.

As far as black metal goes, this is totally original and unique, and I have to applaud these two Belarusians for daring something that will likely get more hate than love from both trap and black metal fans. They don't care though; they are only musicians who make music (read the first paragraph again). And, just like their videos, Mora Prokaza's music is weird and disturbing, provocative and completely out-of-the-box. Would you By Chance care to go off the rails for once?

"I'm not done,
Where is my gun?"


 



Written on 26.07.2020 by Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud!


Comments

Comments: 19   Visited by: 80 users
26.07.2020 - 20:37
ChapuLviz
I really enjoyed this album (except the first song), and it shows that black metal is the most versatile genre that exists.
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26.07.2020 - 20:42
The Entity
Love that they just do what they want to do, the world of music is richer because of musicians like this.
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26.07.2020 - 21:02
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Tage Westerlund
What is trap. No radu comment. Best money making metal band from East Europe is skyforger, if we look belarus, lat, lut and ms server country, and drop out russia
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26.07.2020 - 21:03
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
This one is a banger but dont let it distract you from the fact that Gucci Mane sampled Burzum
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27.07.2020 - 00:41
HiddenDictator
Any band that challenges black metal purists has my attention.

With that said, I agree with the review. This album is pretty good. I can hear a $uicideboy$ and Ghostmaine influence throughout and definitely want to see what they can bring next.
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27.07.2020 - 00:56
nikarg
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@ChapuLviz: Indeed, black metal is the genre that has evolved the most and it continues to do so. I love "WIMG" myself.

@The Entity: Exactly. If it weren't for musicians like Mora Prokaza we would only listen exclusively to Iron Maiden clones. And I am saying this while being one of the most "conservative" metalheads.

@Bad English: Read here.

@Radu: Next thing we know Cardi B will sample Napalm Death. I really don't like that Gucci Mane song though.

@HiddenDictator: I read everywhere about the Ghostmane influence. I do understand why and I also hear it but not that much.
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27.07.2020 - 03:01
SatanicBlood
Written by ChapuLviz on 26.07.2020 at 20:37

I really enjoyed this album (except the first song), and it shows that black metal is the most versatile genre that exists.

I saw the instagram comment section when SoM posted a sample of WIMG and the vitriol that got spewed at them and the artist was insane.
Black metal may be versatile, but the elitism within is infantile.
I get it, you don't like it, you still have Mayhem and Emperor. Their albums still exist!
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27.07.2020 - 04:43
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
I haven't heard this yet nor do I have a strong desire to, mainly because trap music rarely satisfies my music cravings.

A black metal trip hop or black metal psybient hybrid would interest me a lot more, but I'll get around to this eventually if only to say I've listened to it. Maybe it'll take me by surprise.
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27.07.2020 - 07:28
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.07.2020 at 04:43

A black metal trip hop or black metal psybient hybrid would interest me a lot more

Dunno how you'd really define "psybient" but for trip hop black metal scope Netra and Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave if you haven't already. Some of Mories's COA stuff can get quite trip hop-ish as well, especially that NONE EP
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27.07.2020 - 07:31
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Lol reading the first paragraph I figured this was a Radu review

Good one though, Nik! Have yet to listen to it but your description definitely piques my interest and I can always go for more metal artists with a strong hip hop influence, as well as the opposite. From your writing and the comments it seems this could be a worthwhile and pretty fun addition to the collection
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27.07.2020 - 07:55
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Apothecary on 27.07.2020 at 07:28

Dunno how you'd really define "psybient" but for trip hop black metal scope Netra and Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave if you haven't already. Some of Mories's COA stuff can get quite trip hop-ish as well, especially that NONE EP

I've heard of literally zero of those names prior to your comment so it seems I have some new recommendations to check out. Perfect timing as I booked this week off.

As for psybient stuff, basically anything remotely similar to Carbon Based Lifeforms, Solar Fields/the HUVA Network, Ott, Vibrasphere... the uplifting and otherworldly soundscapes of psych-induced euphoria mixed with the myriad of black metal's raw emotions. The closest I've come across up till now has been the blackgaze scene but that's really only scratching the surface of what I'm after.

Maybe your suggestions will lead me to a more fulfilling exploration.
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27.07.2020 - 08:53
The Entity
Try Mesarthim, lots of electronic soundscapes fused with epic atmospheric black metal. Closet thing to black metal and psybient iv heard...
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27.07.2020 - 09:20
nikarg
Mod
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.07.2020 at 04:43

I haven't heard this yet nor do I have a strong desire to, mainly because trap music rarely satisfies my music cravings.

I don't like trap at all, but I love this album. Give it a go


Written by Apothecary on 27.07.2020 at 07:31

Lol reading the first paragraph I figured this was a Radu review

Good one though, Nik! Have yet to listen to it but your description definitely piques my interest and I can always go for more metal artists with a strong hip hop influence, as well as the opposite. From your writing and the comments it seems this could be a worthwhile and pretty fun addition to the collection

I also thought I was Radu when writing this
The truth is that normally either you or Radu or maybe even Kevin would review something like this. I am very surprised at how much I like it and at how many times I have listened to it. I think you will enjoy it too (make sure you check out their videos, they are sick as fuck, especially "Check It").
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28.07.2020 - 14:43
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Now all we have left is to blend black metal with funk, salsa, manele and nightcore.
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28.07.2020 - 15:00
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by RaduP on 28.07.2020 at 14:43

Now all we have left is to blend black metal with funk, salsa, manele and nightcore.

Simultaneously
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29.07.2020 - 02:21
Batlord666
For those asking about pysbient infused with black metal: https://xypnotisk.bandcamp.com/releases
One of my favorite releases this year. The black metal is almost non-existent, it's mostly pysbient with some BM-styled riffs in the back ground at times. But it's a great album!
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29.07.2020 - 04:17
UnknownCheese
This shit is wack, Jules.
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30.07.2020 - 12:59
musclassia
Written by Batlord666 on 29.07.2020 at 02:21

For those asking about pysbient infused with black metal: https://xypnotisk.bandcamp.com/releases
One of my favorite releases this year. The black metal is almost non-existent, it's mostly pysbient with some BM-styled riffs in the back ground at times. But it's a great album!


Yeah, listening to the link now; someone else had a good shout earlier with Mesarthim, but this is a step or two further along the cyber/black metal path, basically psytrance with black metal riffs/chords on top. A lot of fun, but think there's probably some scope there to develop the fusion further on future records
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01.08.2020 - 21:59
Witchslayer
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.07.2020 at 07:55

As for psybient stuff, basically anything remotely similar to Carbon Based Lifeforms, Solar Fields/the HUVA Network, Ott, Vibrasphere... the uplifting and otherworldly soundscapes of psych-induced euphoria mixed with the myriad of black metal's raw emotions. The closest I've come across up till now has been the blackgaze scene but that's really only scratching the surface of what I'm after.


You might have heard of them already, but Italians Progenie Terrestre Pura could be just what you are looking for. Although more influenced by science fiction and having somewhat 'cyber' like atmosphere at times, they offer plenty of sublime electronica moments throughout their first album. Also thanks to less aggressive vocals. The surrounding ambient mixes with the guitars almost perfectly at times.

They even released an EP called 'Asteroidi' which is a pure psybient / chillout with spacy atmo in the vein of Stellardrone.

Their second album as well as an EP are slightly more raw in sound, losing some of the balance between black and ambient/electronica but still retain the atmosphere.
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