Yith - dread


That feeling when you settle into a tremolated haze, surrendering yourself to the blackness of a blastbeaten storm. Here walk riffs of ponderous weight and majestic mien. Fielding more artillary than your average arpeggiated assault, Yith speak from a position of legitimate potency. Guitar tone rules the day; doom and malevolent melody wield equal power in this maelstrom. Intrigue pervades every minute of these massive tunes.  Care was taken, passion was transmitted, elation was received.  Hear that bass line?  Shit yeah I do. Fuck me this rules.

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Convulsing - Errata


Much like Sonne Adam or Altars, Convusing carve a coherent niche from roiling, downtuned, deathly weirdness. Turning these amorphous, pitch black materials into ingenious and engaging compositions is no mean feat.  Gorgeous riffs roll and heave in tectonic waves, raining dissonant blows upon your battered soul. The more precise abscissions do recall Ulcerate’s oeuvre, but Convulsing have so much more to offer. Herein lie deep space transmissions, doomed intermissions, and clean-sung laments. This is the kind of fuck-all jam I live for.

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Temple of Abandonment - From Outer Spheres​.​.​. Death


A deft and deathly trip to the funeral parlor. Demonstrates the elusive doom mojo that turns a tragic trudge transcendent. Slow motion serenades entwine melodies most satisfying. As majestic as the finest Mournful Congregation, as gripping as old Ahab. If you prefer your plight plodding, seek these shores. Hang yourself on these masterful hymns. Prepare yourself, though, for when the pace picks up; neck injury is imminent.

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15 Favorite Albums of 2016


Without fanfare or commentary. Alphabetically:

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Setentia - Darkness Transcend


A skillful incursion into the trampled, muddy wasteland where death metal meets tremolated dissonance and ragged sludge. Withered squandered their opportunity in 2016, but Setentia boldly step into that earth-churned breach. Wields wondrous, weighty riffs, malignant melody, and mincemeat grooves in service of a true Pyrrhic victory. A beautiful battery shapes each track, maintaining a precarious balance and blasting circles around surging chaos. Nuance and intricacy survive these tectonic blood-battles unscathed, but your soul may not. Just the right amount of harsh for the here and now.

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