In the pantheon of innovative and dark, psychedelic music, few stars shine darker than Horseback. The list of peers is short, and consists almost exclusively of groups that Jenks Miller himself has chosen to collaborate with between his last album (The Invisible Mountain) and this, his most ambitious recording to date. To call this metal seems to be selling it a bit short, as the associations that tag conjures in the mind of the uninitiated (i.e. satanic blood lust) have nothing to do with Horseback’s mantra-like dirge of noise. It’s repetitive, hypnotic, and ultimately quite beautiful. Stop reading and take a listen – even if you hate black metal rasping. Pre-orders for Half Blood are available right now from Relapse Records on brown standard-weight or black 180-gram vinyl.