Jul 03

Černá – Restoring Life (2013)



If you want to discover an upcoming artist who intertwines graceful tones with disheartening rhythms, then indulge in the memento that is ČernáČerná is the instrumental act composed by Cody McCoy. His songwriting is like no other: melodious, exceptional, and gloomy. This is a sound that is described as “post-black metal and alternative.” The atmospheric tune is lovely. A resonance this dark could never be so graceful. His sound is so beautiful that it can attract a variety of listeners; from the morose literature maniacs to the reclusive musicians, and so on. Overall, there is a capacious amount of elements about Černá that one could find gratification. One can discover them by listening to the album Restoring Life.

The only disfavor I have against this album is its preamble.  The opening track, Woken in Prague, I feel is frail. But the second track, Spolecne Pt. I: Shy Sun, makes up for the lack of energy in the first. This second track offers vivid guitar riffs and voluminous drumming. Spolecne Pt. II: Laying Down in the Rain is another concentrated track. It is grand in the amount of emotion it conveys. It truly captures the sporadic and unpredictable nature that rain does. Spolecne Pt. V: Lullaby (An
End to this Day) is the most potent on this record. It starts off melodic, with soothing guitar parts and listless bass playing. The track then gradually becomes vociferous with uplifting guitar playing and irascible drumming.

The first song I heard from  Černá was Restoring Life. It serves as a bonus track for the release I got (even though the track’s name is the same as the album’s name). Ever since hearing this track, I found myself mesmerized by this artist. You truly find pulchritude in this track; the content riffing at the beginning, followed by bottomless bass parts, to an eruption of a delirious symphony. The last track on the album, also a bonus track, is Isa. This is by far the most demented track on the album. An explosion of dejected and demolishing musicianship occurs at the beginning of the track. The tone becomes more soothing as the pieces try and attach themselves together. Then, a force continues to break them apart; wavering at first and then becoming more apparent. This trend continues, leading to the album’s finale.

One of the most engaging features about Černá is the terminology. I’ve answered a lot of my questions by doing a Google search. The name Černá is a village in the Czech Republic. Spolecne is a Czech word that means “together.” Isa can be a number of different things: it is the term that is used in Islam to identify Jesus, it’s an album by Enslaved, it’s the name of an iguana in Dora the Explorer, it’s an acronym for a number of different things, and it’s the relationship between objects in computer science. Hopefully we’ll figure out what Isa means in this instance. My bets are on the Enslaved album.

There is something remarkable about Černá. The low-tuned guitars give me a colorless imagery. The depressing vibe of the music is somehow delightful. It is feeble, but at the same time salubrious. Your intentions and thoughts are unknown while listening. And no matter what music you typically listen to, you find yourself engrossed in the compelling message Černá is saying.



1. Woken in Prague
2. Spolecne Pt. I: Shy Sun
3. Spolecne Pt. II: Laying Down in the Rain4. Spolecne Pt. III: Night Sounds
5. Spolecne Pt. IV: Embrace the Stars
6. Spolecne Pt. V: An End to this Day
7. Restoring Life (Bonus)
8. Isa (Bonus)

Genre: Post-Black Metal/Alternative

Label: Domestic Genocide Records

Playing Time: 47 Minutes and 24 Seconds


Cody McCoy – All Instruments



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