Yeah, I have no clue as to what is going on with this album cover.  Horses bandaged to tree stilts.  Cool.  People bandaged to mini-castles.  Also, cool.

OK, forget the cover.  Just go listen to this damn thing.  This album is a remarkable step forward for the guys in Cormorant.  This is firmly still in the progressive blackened death metal realm, but there is just so much growth on this release from their previous album, Earth Diver.  The previous album was good, but this is downright inspired.

Diaspora is only a collection of four extremely long songs, but all four are adventurous journeys that never leave the listener bored or feeling like the songs are just unnecessary filler.  There is serious meat to delve into in each song.  A nice touch is the incorporation of some clean vocals that recall the melodic side of John Baizley of Baroness.  The melodic interludes woven into album closer, Migration, are simply entrancing.  For some reason, this just feels like the perfect album to put on during a rain storm, which is perfect with Hurricane Harvey bearing down us this weekend.

I really hope that this is the album to push these guys to a wider audience and I really hope to see them out on the road this year.  This is a special album and one not to be missed.

4.5 flip flops out of 5


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