Cardinal Noire – Deluge (2018)
Rest assured, its safe to say Cardinal Noire is Finland’s greatest industrial band ever; if not perhaps, simply Finland’s greatest band. The duo of Kalle Lindberg and Lasse Alander created an unholy behemoth in 2015’s self titled Cardinal Noire debut and return in 2018 with Deluge, an album you’re probably not ready for, but definitely should be.
There’s no light at the end of tunnel. Not a glimmer of hope. And we wouldn’t want it any other way, would we? Despite the band wearing their distinct Skinny Puppy influence clearly on their proverbial sleeves, Cardinal Noire are far from mere copy-cats. The band conjure up a bleak maelstrom of industrial chaos through harsh beats, complex programming and grim vocals. This is cold, mechanical, dense and heavily layered industrial music for the end of days. And this seems to be the aim of the band, to create as bleak music as possible whilst still retaining an aggressive industrial soul.
Deluge feels like a modern hybrid of Vivisect IV and Last Rights; the songs are difficult. The melodies are often hidden deep beneath each song’s black canvas and only reveal themselves after several listens. As is the case with the 2 aforementioned SP albums, the end result with Deluge is an album that is enduring; an album that equally challenges as it does reward the listener. There are no sugary, industrial-pop ditties here.
In this modern, ugly world where a post-industrial musical resurgence is seemingly ever-growing, Cardinal Noire deserve your undivided attention. Essential listening in 2018.
Cardinal Noire’s second album Deluge is available now via Audiotrauma Records on Bandcamp here.