Personnel: Jenks Miller (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, electronics); John Crouch (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jenks Miller.
Recording information: Arbor Ridge Studios; The Chateau; Track And Field.
Jenks Miller's ambitions with Horseback take an intriguing turn on Half Blood, almost as if his work in other bands like Mount Moriah and elsewhere are starting to feed back into his vision of an American black metal as something always rooted in a deeper Americana to start with. It could also be due to the expansion of the band into a solid quartet, but throughout there's a feeling of mystic invocation and vocal extremity not so much crossed with a stately form of classic country-rock fusion as it is growing out of it. Its initial appearance with the opening "Mithras" can be jarring, with a slow, twisted boogie groove being the core more than Miller's now trademark rasp. By the time of "Arjuna," though, it's almost like Horseback has figured out a perfect single to represent the album, with a core snarling hook and punch, and even a much calmer spoken word moment which has the same impact as a guest verse on a top-flight hip-hop or R&B single, all the while glowering. This said, the conclusion of the album brings out those even more ambitious realms that Miller has explored in the past, thanks to a three-part effort collectively called "Hallucigenia." The first part hits with drift and flow, the rhythmic growling punctuating a looped, sweeter feeling, something more serenely reflective rather than stern; a wolf at a very secure door. "Hallucigenia II" brings in darker rumbles and echoes in place of peace, a distorted crumbling howl and a new organ piece leading into end-is-nigh drums and a simple but strong guitar line feeling like a progression to the end, while "Hallucigenia III" goes into full-on evil drone and soft tone combinations, a steady understated pulse to the finish. Assuming these are all further launching points for Miller's next moves, it all just whets the appetite for what might follow. ~ Ned Raggett
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell.
We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
You can earn a 5%
commission by selling Half Blood [Digipak]
on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code.
After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep!
You should start right now!
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell.
You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title.
The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!