Vera : Although Finnr’s Cane perfectly fits in the roaster of atmospheric black metal collectives with depth and surplus value at Prophecy Productions, they do have their own sound and image. The Canadian trio walks through life with pseudonyms, album after album their musical evolution goes more in the direction of trance-inducing post-rock and ambient and they keep on using cello as option for the obligatory bass guitar. Interesting enough to dive into their third full length album ‘Elegy’ which will be released at the 20th of July!
The band has composed a more structured bunch of songs this time, tracks with a general length of five à six minutes (a couple of exceptions included) in which improvisation has been replaced by a captivating atmosphere full of yearning, sadness, bleakness, dreamy reveries and contemplations. Black metal is only present in the raucous screams that loom up from time to time, but soon after they are suddenly gone. The musical frame happens to be a dynamic amalgamation with momentum and fluttering guitars, thoughtful acoustic guitar fragments, introvert piano and yet quite a lot firm riffs. In a song such as the opener ‘Willow’ the hazy vocals only pop up after three minutes and they mainly create a kind of distant atmosphere we also can find in bands like Agalloch and Alcest. ‘Elegy’ is featured by a familiar melody that really haunts you and it presents us the first blackened screams, followed by smooth rocking guitars and amazing leads. ‘Strange Sun’ is obviously more hectic, having the nearest approach to black metal with distorted guitars. An introvert flute opens the calm, instrumental ‘Empty City’, but it goes in crescendo in a beautiful manner. It summarizes the serene melancholy of the band in brief. We welcome heavy guitars again with a dense muddy sound during ‘Lacuna’. Diffuse black vocals, sturdy riffs, but also again acoustic parts and later fluttering post-rock soloing we cannot get enough of. The band does not either, so they serve us with the more than eight minutes long ‘A Sky Of Violet And Pearl’ as occluding track with a repetitive wall of guitars with trance-inducing atmosphere and finally they round off with sober classical piano. An atmospheric album that also reminds me a bit of their label mates Germ, but regaled with more variegation.