Released: 2017, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Danny Lilker’s musical resume reads like a friggin’ phone book, but the common thread between all of the bands he’s participated in is that none of them suck and they’re all generally pretty awesome. Unsurprisingly, Blurring is no exception, and their latest EP CLOUD BURNER is one you should pay attention to.
Rounded out by longtime Lilker associate Erik Burke and a cadre of Rochester NY’s finest underground alumni (each with their own pretty impressive resume), Blurring deploy a blistering brand of blackened grindcore that feels immediately like home, but also equally fresh and unnerving. Tracks like “November” and “Empty Heaven” sound like Voivod covering PANZER DIVISION-era Marduk; hyper speed grind matched with time signatures that live in their own spatial dimension and with decisively atonal riffing. The tunes are unapologetically abrasive in nature, but never entirely out of control. It's an impressive balancing act.
“Casket Black” offers an Autopsy-esque doom fakeout in the intro and the title track seethes with pure grind minded vitriol, but it’s all delivered with off-kilt, prog leaning execution - and always wrapped in a blanket reeking of smoldering churches. Maybe it’s the raw execution, maybe it’s the seamless integration of so many extreme sonic variables, but CLOUD BURNER gets under your skin the way that a vampire gets into your house. You welcome it in and then are left to deal with the consequences of your decisions.
CLOUD BURNER was released in the spring to little fanfare and almost entirely off the radar, which given the pedigree of Blurring's participants is surprising, but I guess that's how the best of underground music exists. You have to know a guy who knows a guy who has a tape, and if you're lucky, he'll burn you a copy.
But Blurring is too good of a band to leave to chance and CLOUD BURNER too good of a release to miss. Evil sounding, ridiculously heavy, and with the Danny Lilker seal of approval, CLOUD BURNER is everything you'd expect it to be.