Monad is a harrowing and uncomfortable 53 minutes that’s made up of components from doom, noise, drone, sludge, and post-metal. The bass is used prominently and well, as you’d expect from a band with two bass Continue reading “Farer – Monad (Review)”
I enjoyed 2017’s Reminiscence, with its psychedelic grooves and rolling riffs. It set out a strong opening argument for the band, which Premonition now ably capitalises on. Combining elements of doom, sludge, progressive, and post-metal into 49 minutes of expressive, mood-focused music, Premonition is a thoroughly convincing affair. Continue reading “Empress – Premonition (Review)”
Featuring members of bands such as Yob, Wiegedood, and Amenra, they bombard us with 18 minutes of old-school death metal. Continue reading “Living Gate – Deathlust (Review)”
Throes don’t mess around. The band mix together hardcore, sludge metal, and post-metal to create abrasive, harsh music that sounds like the aural equivalent of sandpapering your skin. Continue reading “Throes – In the Hands of an Angry God (Review)”
Apparently created by a core of one person who was then aided and abetted by multiple others, this band have crafted here a single 38-minute track named On the Tombstones. It has apparently been recorded live, with a structure enhanced by improvisation in places, which is probably why the music feels so vibrant, albeit in a bleak, nihilistic ways. Continue reading “Heathe – On the Tombstones; the Symbols Engraved (Review)”
Only Self opens up a world of expressive violence with 29 minutes of aggressive hardcore tinged with experimental elements. Continue reading “Jesus Piece – Only Self (Review)”
Es Taut contains 55 minutes of music spread out over three tracks. This is a colossal and ambitious album, one that’s delivered by a band with matching talent, skill, and ability. Continue reading “Soldat Hans – Es Taut (Review)”
This is emotive, lengthy post-metal, played with conviction and confidence by a band that obviously know what they want to accomplish with their music. Continue reading “Ba’al – In Gallows by Mass (Review)”
The music on this album is colossal and when it’s playing seems to envelop the world. This is a band that manage to channel their emotions into long songs of harrowing, oppressive music that still manages to retain both subtlety and nuance when it needs to. Continue reading “Amenra – Mass VI (Review)”
After really enjoying their 2012 debut album Tomb of Feathers, this is a release that has been eagerly awaited in these parts.
The first track, Lightless, seems to slowly writhe up out of a dark pit of urban decay, attempting to smother the land with its malignant spread. It’s an insidious start to the album and before you realise what’s going on you’re trapped in a nightmare landscape of pitch-black smoke and evil.
But oh dear Lord is it good. Rarely has cloying, suffocating Sludge felt so visceral and nastily enticing.
Abstracter are heavy and grim in the best ways that Sludge and Doom can achieve. These songs are essays in crawling malevolence and destructive passion. The band emanate a very raw darkness that you can feel like a physical presence.
I like the combination of nuanced riffing, heavy guitars and brutally gorgeous delivery. Abstracter effortlessly combine the beauty of Post-Metal with the dirty horror of Sludge. Their songwriting skills are such that moments of ugliness and transcendence are merged together. When the shades of light and dark clash there’s only ever going to be one true winner, but even though the menacing and murky atmospheres encase everything, the light isn’t totally consumed; you can feel it pulsing, straining against its captivity by this Hellish beast. This tense undercurrent is what gives Wound Empire its hidden beauty.
There’s a Black Metal influence to their sound that fits flawlessly into what they do. It’s not overbearing and doesn’t detract from the Doom, it just adds a further layer of thickly encrusted grime to songs that are already intimately familiar with all things subterranean.
With each of these titanic monuments to apocalyptic dystopian futures, I think that Abstracter have outdone themselves and actually managed to top their début album. No mean feat.
With true depth of composition and a talent for wrapping the listener up in their vision of all things gloomy and heavy, Abstracter have produced an album that has blown me away.