“Mapping the Moment With the Logic of Dreams”

By Dr. Abner Mality

It’s a pleasure to hear something really different in the metal genre, but not so different that it leaves orbit and flies out into space. Such an effort is “Mapping the Moment With the Logic of Dreams” from Bloodway. The fact that this is on the very outre label I, Voidhanger indicates it’s not going to be the usual stuff, but unlike many other releases on the label, this is actually fairly easy to digest. And there are none of those 20 minute long bloated epics that mar many other I, Voidhanger efforts.

The mastermind of Bloodway is a graphic artist named Costin Chioreanu, whose bizarre artwork also adorns this release. The music is like his art….surreal, morose and disturbing. Bloodways has a lot of doomy elements but isn’t really a true or traditional doom metal band. There’s a lot of off-kilter prog and some black metal in the mix. On the song “A Hallow Bridge”, Dr. Mikannibal from Sigh drops in to blow some wild and squealing sax. The use of sax here reminds me of another avant-garde band, the often neglected Yakuza. As for the vocals, Mr. Chioreanu uses an extremely agonized howl that brings Martin van Drunen to mind. Only this is van Drunen if he actually tried to sing with slower tempos.

The tunes are all heavy, dark and murky. The riffs and time signatures lurch around jaggedly but not in an overdone way. Just enough to keep you on your toes and make you uneasy. Song titles such as “Walking Past Near the Lighthouse”, “Early Glade Test Pilot” and “Garden of Diurnal Fractals” indicate that subject matter tends to the surreal and dream-like.

Avant-garde metal with bite and structure. I’m very intrigued to hear more from Bloodway.