Wikipedia is a great starting point for things that don’t matter too much, but consider the following:
The band has described their sound as “purifying black metal” or “transformative black metal”, although in interviews the band has shown an unwillingness to be restricted by any musical label.
How many bands or artists have a willingness to be restricted by musical labels? Let’s simplify – how many people enjoy being pigeonholed? How many people enjoy having hours and days and months of work summed up in a few dismissive words?
Citation needed, indeed.
Anyway, Black Casade is a bit lighter and more poppy – as far as that term might stretch here – than their previous releases, and the vocals are brought to the forefront, somewhat to the detriment of the music. The delivery retains a cartoonish air, but the rushing thum-thum-thum of the drums and anthemic guitars – the point of return for every song they’ve ever done – is still extremely capitivating.
Lyrics in general are kinda dumb; it’s easy to remember the refrains from songs because they’re not a complicated set of instructions on how to build your own oceanic desalination plant; they’re like poetry, but with less thought. Taken as a body, the only lyrics dumber than the general category of “metal” is the general category of “rap”; I can’t imagine ELF-inspired* lyrics will be any better. It’s all shrieky goodness at the end of the day, more catharsis than cerebral content.
*I’d say I’m a bit hesitant to fund earth-firster style thinking in any format, but that’d be a lie. I don’t really care what they spend their ducats on or what feelings they have about modern technology. In a very real sense it’s none of my business.