Weakling – Dead As Dreams (1999)

Another one of those cases where a random listen absolutely blows me away. This is, truly, what it’s all about, why so much time is spent searching, researching, listening, reading…. it all pays off when you go “hey, that cover art and logo looks sick, I wonder what that sounds like?”, and boom – you’ve just uncovered an absolute gem.

I am, clearly, late to the party with Weakling, but god damn, this is in an incredible album. The cuts are mostly 10/15 minutes a piece, yet feel about half of that; there is some sort of charged, exciting propulsion to these songs, even if they are rather morose and even miserable in vibe and feel. This is, easily, without a doubt, one of the greatest black metal records I have ever heard.