Finnish pounders Krypts smear death metal with mucky doom on molten ‘Cadaver Circulation’

For some reason I have yet to figure out, music always makes me think of weather and a season in which it belongs. There’s literally no music that I ever hear that doesn’t get mentally cataloged in my brain as being suitable at a certain time of the year. For example, Iron Maiden’s “Somewhere in Time” is a height of the summer album. Agalloch’s “Marrow of the Sprit” is for deep winter.

It’s not that I can’t enjoy the music in other times of the year, it’s just that every time I hear them, they make me think of what I expect to see when I look out my window. That’s why it feels like such a weird time to be taking on Krypt’s thunderous new record “Cadaver Circulation,” because this thing feels like it should be heard during a hopeless, lightless blizzard, where you are cut off from the rest of the world, and no one would be there to hear you cry out for help if you needed it. These Fins have dropped off six beefy slabs of doom trauma-laced death metal that’s delivered slowly and painfully. Each visit with this thing has brought new avenues toward misery. It’ll coat you in inches of soot and leave you in agony on the ground as you gasp for breath. The band—vocalist/bassist Anti, guitarists Vile and Jukka, drummer Otso—unloads this over a compact 37 minutes, making the best of every violent second that contributes to this hell.

“Sinking Transient Waters” gets off to a muddy, bloody start with slow-driving menace and death blows blasting out. Maniacal growls from Anti shake your foundation while the guitars chug and thrash as morbidity sets in like disease. All of that is swallowed by hellish noise that squeezes this track to death. “The Reek of Loss” is sorrowful and furious with the growls lurching like an alien beast and the pace suddenly picking up. The track gets violent and dizzying, pounding away with a calculated pace and coming to a punishing end. “Echoes Emanate Forms” has dark riffs drilling, soot falling, and the growls bruising your mid-section. The track scrapes along as dirt and noise swell and then speeds up dangerously, the drums pummel, the vocals gurgle blood, and the song comes to a suffocating end.

“Mycelium” has doomy trudging before the bottom drops out, and things get properly messy. The track has its guts ripped apart while the heaviness and speed arrive and disfigure what’s going on here, and the track smashes to its devastating end. “Vanishing” bleeds in like a poisonous stream, the growls slither in the earth, and the drums punish. Guitars then unleash mournful melodies before a fire sparks and spreads rapidly, the growls boil, and the song crashes and clobbers before echoing out in pain. “Circling the Between” ends the album with morbid ambiance before it bursts open, growls char, and the guitars roll into the darkness. Harsh growls punish while the guitars encircle and taunt, and then sanity is shredded. The track temporarily gets absorbed by a sound cloud, but then the track re-emerges, bringing with it hypnosis before it disappears for good.

So, it’s warm as hell and the sun is shining and people are having fun, but I’m here getting my mind rewired by Krypts and this mind-erasing new album “Cadaver Circulation.” This album hurts every section of your body when you endure it, and it’ll make all the worst, sinister fears welling up in your mind crawl to the forefront. This is a terrifying display no matter what it’s doing outside, though it’s definitely going to come back out once winter swallows the earth again.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/Kryptsdeath/

To buy the album, go here: http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=krypts+cadaver+circulation

For more on the label, go here: https://www.darkdescentrecords.com/

Mini-release assault! Starring Slaves BC, Barghest, Visigoth

Slaves BC

It’s been such a busy past couple of weeks for metal releases that’s it has been hard to sandwich everything we wanted to cover into this site. If only time wasn’t a scarce resource. Anyway, we have some smaller releases that are boiling to the surface or are already out in the world, and we’re going to take a quick look at three of those today that are more than worth your time.

There’s no question that Slaves BC are one of the heaviest bands in Pittsburgh, and they’d put up a pretty goddamn good fight against any city’s mightiest. They’re also concerned for some of the darkest elements of society that is ruining people, one in particular being the scourge of the Catholic church’s sex abuse scandal that has rocked the world for years. That hit close to home for a lot of us in Pittsburgh because last year, much of that focus was on abuse that happened in this area, and one of those cases was very sensitive and enraging to me in particular. No, I was not a victim. Slaves BC didn’t take this shit lying down, and they delivered a single-track release “300 Dead Rapist Priests Floating at the Bottom of the Ocean,” which won’t win any song title awards for subtlety, but fuck that. Go for the throat, which they do on this 15:27-long display of destruction. But they’re not just lashing out; the proceeds from this pay-what-you-want release will go toward RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest Network), a group that’s seen its horrifying fair share of these cases. We’ll also link up below if you want to donate, period.

This track is a battle from front to back, which is the point. Riffs cut in as Josh Thieler’s shrieks rampage in and destroy, coupling with guttural growls later, with despondent guitars taking on a Portal-style drone (the band is rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Sean, bassist Adam, and guitarist/noise artist Brandon). The riffs warp while the tempo kicks into higher gear, blasting you punishingly, as the guitars begin to sicken, and alien strangeness warps your mind. The track returns to a death march as the growls lurch and music bleeds in fury. The savage shrieks mar the crust of the earth, pained noise begins to corrode, and the track pounds hellishly, eventually giving the mercy its subject matter never offered.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/SlavesBC/

To buy the album, go here: https://slavesbc.bandcamp.com/track/300-dead-rapist-priests-floating-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean

For more on RAINN or to donate, go here: https://www.rainn.org/

You know, it’s really difficult to find a band that reveals as much in hatred as do Baton Rouge-bred crushers Barghest. Ever since their splattering 2011 self-titled debut, it was pretty clear the band was out for blood, indiscriminately going for the throat of anything that stood in their way. We haven’t gotten a new full-length from the band since 2014’s “The Virtuous Purge,” but they’ve checked in with some smaller releases, their latest being their new EP “The Pious/The Poisoned” that is more tar-blackened death metal that’s as harsh as the title indicates. Over three tracks and a little more than 14 minutes, the band—guitarist/vocalist Dallas Smith, guitarist Jason Thorning, bassist Troy Bennett, drummer Max Kimmons—tear open fresh wounds and dump gallons of salt inside, leaving you writhing in pain and more than just a little bit bruised.

“Endless Empty Shape” gets things going with a dose of grimy, ugly death, with a violent chorus that’ll tear your head off. There is some melody buried beneath the madness as gruff guitars bend and bleed before the storm hits a violent high. The riffs smash and spiral, while gruff growls punish as the song blasts out. The title track follows as the riffs encircle like a tornado, and the delirious pace goes into gravelly growls. An ominous cloud hovers over everything while the guitars twist and turn, the track rampages, and the drums rattle your brains. Guitars tunnel and find a new level of intensity, while the track disintegrates in dust. “Negative Forms” ends the record with sounds scraping and tricky playing causing confusion. The vocals seer flesh as demented riffs arrive, while trauma squashes wills, blistering and powdering bones, with a neck-jerk sudden end causing whiplash.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/barghestsoulless/

To buy the album, go here: https://barghestsoulless.bandcamp.com/album/the-pious-the-poisoned

Finally, we’ve got something a little less dour and utterly depressing with Visigoth’s new EP “Bells of Awakening,” which just unloads with pure heavy metal glory. This quickly follows last year’s killer “Conqueror’s Oath,” putting this unit as one of the finer power/fantasy metal bands out there, one with an awfully sharpened sword. This music is fun as fuck, but make no mistake: These guys are deadly serious, and that comes to the forefront on these tremendous two new songs. The Utah-based band—vocalist Jake Rogers, guitarists Jamison Palmer and Leeland Campana, bassist Matt Brotherton, drummer Mikey T.—go all out here, mixing in their high-energy, razor-sharp playing with mythological-style tales, the type on which the foundation of heavy metal was built. The band even teases there are elements that tie together both songs and the EP’s artwork, so there’s even more reason to delve into this and devour it whole.

“Fireseeker” is your opener, coming in with fiery riffs, surging singing, and a classic feel that instills nostalgia. The chorus is a killer, with Rogers howling, “Your time has come, your flame is rising,” as soloing lights up and adds more glory. The chorus rounds back for a final go, causing your blood and adrenaline to fire back. “Abysswalker” charges up right away, as Rogers is in command again, calling, “Ancient fire, fill my raging heart.” The track is a pounder, as the soloing fills up the air, with Palmer and Campana going back and forth. “I will not turn back, I know it must be done,” Rogers commands as the song ends with all of its torches blazing. Just killer stuff.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/visigothofficial

To buy the album, go here: https://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords

For more on the label, go here: https://www.metalblade.com/us/

PICK OF THE WEEK: Vale’s sobering nightmare of ransacked society runs over fiery ‘Burden of Sight’

Photo by Sam Caparros

How long can one look at a deteriorating situation without feeling like losing control? This can be physical or mental, by the way, as each situation can be just as stressing. Seeing something you embraced be broken down, often by forces that could make things better if they gave half a shit, can be infuriating and send any sane person into a rage.

That’s a major spark behind “Burden of Sight,” Oakland black metal band Vale’s debut offering, which is utterly, savagely on fire. The music is sparked by what they see in their hometown, the decay, the homelessness, and opportunism by those in control who could do something to curb the issues if they really cared to help. Expand that same idea out across the country, and we can all see it in our own backyards as the lust for power and never-ending greed takes precedence over people’s rights and lives, and holy motherfuck, if we haven’t seen some of that play out before our bloodshot, weary eyes this very week. Over six barn-storming, rage-filled tracks, Vale unleash hell and lash back at those who let things get the way they are. The band—vocalist Kate Coysh, guitarists James Meyer and Daniel Borman, bassist Thaddaeus Perkins, and drummer Justin Ennis—foresees a horrific landscape as a result, where humans consume each other and the scourge of religious power runs roughshod … you know, kind of like how it does right now.

“Final Flesh” rips the lid off the record with noise flooding, the track launching its attack, and the riffs encircling dangerously. Coysh’s wild howls are unleashed and do ample damage, while smashing blasts rip through and destroy walls. Sounds spiral as a slower agony sets in, punching and bruising, while the growls attack again as the song disappears in a cloud. “Guilt Among the Dead” has riffs racing and the vocals crushing, while sinister sentiments are spread generously. Black metal-style guitars bubble with tar as a doomy pit opens and begins swallowing, while the drums destroy, and the song merges with the murk. “The Guilded Path” ignites with fire-breathing guitars and relentless pounding as Coysh’s vocals deliver madness and spite, riding alongside the rowdy punishment. The riffs swelter and smear, while the pace begins to steamroll, and the fires are stoked gloriously. All of that spills into a thick ambiance that brings a curtain of shadows.

“Starvation Eternal” has a thrashy start, as tricky playing causes your mind to panic, and the tempo begins clobbering. The vocals spit fire that can melt bodies, while the guitars hit hyper speed, spiraling into the incinerator where everything is consumed wholly. “Beyond the Pale” brings melody at the front of the track as the vocals smash digits, and an ashen assault leaves practically no room to breathe. The band charges up the engines again, as the playing explodes and strangles, and the final moments of the song are suffocated. Closer “Grief Undone” drizzles doomy blackness, as ominous guitars unleash hell, and the pace flattens and bloodies. The track gets brutal and chaotic, with hints of hardcore woven in for good measure, while Coysh’s insane shrieks are enough to make your skin go pale, as all the elements combust. Double kick drums scramble brains as fierce growls go for the throat, the playing taunts Armageddon, and the track disappears into the dark.

There is no hope on the horizon in Vale’s world, and “Burden of Sight” is a sobering display that stinks of blood and war, and it pulls no punches describing that level of hell. The fact that this album is a little too reality based is nauseating and disgusting, a reality check that some of the worst has come, and too many people are watching it happen. Vale may be reacting to what they see in their own streets, but it’s something that has spread like a disease to every corner of this country.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/valeloud/

To buy the album, go here: https://nowflensing.com/

For more on the label, go here: https://theflenser.com/

Doom pioneers Earth swagger back with leaner, dusky spirits on ‘Full Upon Her Burning Lips’

Photo by Holly Carlson

Stripping things back to basics can be a cathartic way to cut out the clutter, expunge anything that’s been building up that needs to be cleared away. Earth’s core duo of guitarist Dylan Carlson and drummer Adrienne Davies felt that was something they needed to do when approaching their new record “Full Upon Her Burning Lips,” which is just about in our laps.

We haven’t gotten a new full-length from the legendary Earth since 2014’s “Primitive and Deadly,” and in that time, Carlson and Davies decided to pull back the reins, lift up the layers of sound they’ve applied to their music (quite successfully, obviously), and go back to basics. “Fall Upon Her Burning Lips” definitely sounds leaner and more back-to-roots than records such as the dual “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light” or even “The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull,” though you definitely can hear strains of what went into those pieces of work. But here, there’s more concentration on the slow-dripping riffs that encircle and encompass these songs, and Davies playing is a lot more prominent, as she guides these tracks from start to finish, becoming a great, backbone-like presence. The record almost works like two halves, each started by mammoth songs, and then followed by tracks shorter than what’s we’ve come to expect from Earth the past decade or so but that also given plenty of space to become fuller beings. It’s a hearty record, one that feels familiar pretty much right away.

“Datura’s Crimson Veils” is the 12:16 opener that has guitars jolting and buzzing, with the melody slinking through, meeting up with Davies’ driving beat. The track takes on a dark, yet sunburnt feel, with the main riff rolling back around again and again, cutting through the haze. The track begins to buzz and flutter late, with psyche vibes arriving and the track pulsating out. “Exaltation of Larks” is a quick one, running 3:20, feeling almost like an interlude. Warm trickling wets the dirt, and then guitars seem to surge into the night sky, turning toward “Cats on the Briar” that simmers at the front end. A nice, calming melody expands its presence, as winds blow into the scene, and the track mystifies as it eases along. Feeling psychedelic and dusty, the track bends some, rings out, and then bleeds into the dark. “The Colour Of Poison” has a start-stop pace, with Davies snapping her kit over Carlson’s witchy guitar work. A dirty riff then sinks in its teeth, as the drums steady the pace, and then things seem to end abruptly, only to have the guitars re-emerge, slicing through steel on its way out. “Descending Belladonna” feels trippy right away, with the bass sliding, and a dreamy, nostalgic feel to the music. The playing sends odd jolts, while Davis clangs and wrecks your balance, the body and mind is numbed, and the track quivers into the dark.

“She Rides an Air of Malevolence” pops open the second half, a 11:28-long dirge that reverberates with percussion strikes and the guitars setting an ominous tone. The riffs then heat up and melt stone, while a serenity also is achieved as the heat intensifies. Feedback rises as the riffs float, while noise spits behind the main melody line as the track breathes its last. “Maidens Catafalque” also is interlude-esque, running 2:49 and gently flowing, creating a strange ambiance, as guitars sneak, and the drums and cymbals crash in unison. “An Unnatural Carousel” is moody at first, but then it feels like everything is basking in afternoon sunshine, albeit in the middle of the desert. Cool air finally arrives, while leathery riffs work their way in, leaving rough trails as it backs out of the room. “The Mandrake’s Hymn” has riffs slinking and a cool, calculated stomp through the evening, as the music crawls through the shadows. The drumming pops and keeps everything humming, while the track burns its last exhaust in steely glory. “A Wretched Country Of Dusk” ends the record with sorrow bleeding out and a surreal visionscape unfurling in front of you. The guitars manage to char rubber, as the riffs round through, the sounds smear blood and oil, and everything ends in a trance-like state.

Over three decades, Earth have dipped into thick drone, delved into Americana, and have become a dusty trailblazer telling stories strictly through their instruments. On “Fall Upon Her Burning Lips,” the band delivers one of its most intimate, swaggering records in their catalog, and it doesn’t take long until these songs start growing inside you. It’s great to hear Earth alive, well, and still delivering powerful music that no artists have ever been able to duplicate.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/thronesanddominions/

To buy the album, go here: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/earth

For more on the label, go here: https://sargenthouse.com/

Finnish crushers Mireplaner put aching on body, mind with debut opus ‘Mountain of Saola Hooves’

There are tons of different ways that new music finds us. Lots of it comes from labels and publicists who are cool enough to trust us with new music well in advance so we can be well informed when writing about it. Other times, artists come to us with their work that perhaps isn’t on a major platform yet or hasn’t been released to many people, which always flatters us. We need to do more with that.

We’re doing that today as we discuss “A Mountain of Saola Hooves,” the debut full-length offering from thunderous Finnish post-metal-style band Mireplaner, who dropped us their record a few weeks back. To say we’ve been having our foundations devastated by what’s contained would be a massive understatement, and hopefully we can help a bit into getting this massively heavy band’s music into more people’s ears. Combining doom, sludge, hardcore, and plenty other crushing sounds, the band sets up shop and waylays you with these seven tracks that feel like they can knock the planet off its axis. People into bands such as Neurosis, Amenra, Celeste, and even Oathbreaker could find a ton to like on this record, as the music falls into that same terrain though definitely carves out its own identity. The band is comprised of Eeli Helin (vocals, guitars, noise), Eero Vilppula (bass), and Markus Karppinen (drums), and they already have a stranglehold on their sound and can cave in your head without even thinking about it. That line is not as hyperbolic as you might think. Try them on.

Finnish“Deadweights” starts the record with noise hovering before things erupt into sludgy hell as the growls strike and boil, and a cold, foggy front pushes overhead. The track crushes again before synth mixes in and sickens, the playing smothers, and then again, the storm situates, leading in moody guitars and shadowy melodies. Guitars chug, the teeth of the song smash the earth, and roars amass as things pound away. “The Elkhorn Coral” bludgeons with hardcore-style shouts and then whispery murk. Muddy power flows and meets up with thunderous chaos, growls splatter teeth and skin, and the track ends in a pit of panic. “Parched Throats” hammers savagely before the growls punish, and the playing burns the senses. Suddenly, a calming rain begins to fall, spilling into an electronic haze, guitars gush out, and then monstrous hell returns. The vocals scorch as a new wave of crushing sets foot, a chill briefly hits the air, and noise scrapes before decimating the land.

“Morass” is the longest track, chewing up 9:35 and imposing its will right from the start. Cavernous playing makes the room shake before echoes generate confusion, and then the hammers are dropped. Howls blister as the playing smears, and monstrous growls leave ample bruising before serenity sets in. That calm is only temporary before weird, down-tuned smashing opens veins, howls soar, and sludgy crunching powders stone as clean guitars coat the ground with drizzling rain. “Light Departure” begins with clean tones as sounds lurk in the corner, and a strange cosmic haze bursts through the darkness. Vicious howls begin to destroy as the words come out raspy and nasty, rolling into spacey keys that numb the mind. Noise stretches out of that, screams pick up, and everything ends in echo. “Knees Cicatrised” reverberates as slow buzzing chews, and contemplative tones burst into punishing crashing, as the vocals leave welts, and hardcore-style playing sinks in the blade. The track gets muddy and messy, spewing blood and mud before the song exits into the stars. “Saturation of the Bleeding Maw” closes the record with a moody, slowly unfurling push, and then the track explodes suddenly and violently as the howls tear into flesh, and the ground beneath you quakes. The track feels like it is imploding a city whole, as the walls crash in, holes in pavement devour bodies, and smoke rises from open blazes while funereal chimes help the chaos disappear into a haze.

I’m excited that Mireplaner found their way into our world, as “A Mountain of Saola Hooves” is a thunderous record that I’m certain is going to stick with me all year and beyond. This is an album that’ll devastate your senses but also keep you mentally captivated through its entire run, which is really all you can ask from a band. This is a great chance to get in on the ground floor of a sweltering force that is still lurking in the shadows, waiting to decimate your body and soul.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/mireplaner

To buy the album, go here: https://mireplaner.bandcamp.com/album/a-mountain-of-saola-hooves

UK monsters Lvcifyre blaze back from their eerie silence, unload hellish chaos on EP ‘Sacrament’

Photo by Artur Tarczewski

It was just last week that we were talking about bands that stretch their sounds into new terrains to expand upon what people think is possible in metal. But let’s not forget the ones that keep the fires burning with the hatred and violence that brought so many people to the dance in the first place and keep them facing the flames.

UK-based blackened death crushers Lvcifyre have kept their aggressive, devastating sound razor sharp over their 12 years together, and they’re finally back after a five-year wait with a flesh-scorching new EP “Sacrament” that is 23 minutes of molten hell we’ve not gotten a taste of since 2014’s molten “Svn Eater.” The band wastes no time rekindling the horrific spirits they conjured over their two full-lengths and their time ravaging live crowds, as they sound as bloodthirsty and channeled as ever before. This new release offers five tracks (one is a cover of a classic cut from Polish maulers Kat) that stings, stymies, and strangles, a perfectly portioned EP that should leave you craving that third full-length once it’s over. The band—vocalist/guitarist T. Kaos, bassist Cvltvs, drummer Menthor—ravage you mind and body, leaving exposed wounds untreated and psychological scars that won’t soon heal.

“The Greater Curse” starts the record with strange noises, animalistic growls, and the song slowly beginning to agitate. Then death erupts and the band pummels without relent, a beastly fury sprawls, and the track trudges and thrashes madly. Vicious growls mix with dizzying guitar work, while the track hammers, mixes into a strange sound bath, and churns out into the dark. “Death’s Head in Crown” has the bass slowly hulking and warped vocals sending chills, while things turn toward muddy death. The riffs slay, slurry pain is delivered, and the cries echo out before the song succumbs to echo and fades.

“Shadowy Wing” is a quick 1:29 burst that has guitar hypnotizing, weird wails, and a total death assault bursting and spurting blood. The title cut dumps black misery before a hellish attack is mounted, and the Earth buckles beneath its weight. The ferocity destroys everything in front of it, as the death swallows everything whole, the drumming bashes in skulls, and a killer riff arrives toward the back end and clobbers you before you have a chance to catch your grip. The EP ends with their cover of “Morderca,” which was on Kat’s 1986 album, “666,” and that the band gives a punishing treatment. You still get a sense of the original’s heathen glory, but with a modern dose of hellfire dumped all over its corpse.

Lvcifyre practice the art of savagery as well as anyone, and “Sacrament” is a twisted reminder of what this band does that twists our brain tentacles. This is a psychotic, warped display of power that never relents, and its power is obvious and unavoidable once it starts barreling down the hill toward you. This is the definition of hellish art, music that’ll corrupt the mind and body, leaving you hurtling toward physical and mental damnation.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/Lvcifyre

To buy the album, go here: http://www.darkdescentrecords.com/store/

For more on the label, go here: https://www.darkdescentrecords.com/

PICK OF THE WEEK: Aseethe focus on wrath, twist fiery doom on hammering, unforgiving ‘Throes’

Photo by Zakery Neumann

It sometimes feels like we live in a warzone. Not a physical one where bombs are dropping and guns are firing past out heads, but one where trying to operate within a society without taking on psychological damage in nearly impossible. Compassion for other humans appears to be at an all-time low, while the strive for near-dictatorial power is embraced by many people, unblinking.

Iowa City-based doom metal band Aseethe have returned with “Throes,” a five-track new record that’s a response to what’s going on in politics and society, and how we approach our lives, and it’s also the most diverse thing they’ve ever delivered. Don’t take that to mean they’ve gone off track from their smothering, unforgiving doom that met us on their first two full-lengths and their hefty collection of smaller releases. That all remains in place, though they branch out a little past there and make their sound more flexible and colorful. Here, the band—vocalist/guitarist Brian Barr, bassist/vocalist Noah Koester, drummer Eric Dierks—focus on wrath and the feelings and actions that result from the disintegrating political landscape and environmental issues, as well as the friction and bloodshed caused by fascists and others who seek to capitalize on people’s pain. The music sinks you into the darkness right away, and over the course of this monster of an album, you take on the sonic punishment the band seeks to dish to those who deserve it the most.

The title track opens the record with heavy trudging, feedback stinging, and monstrous growls that wrap around the hellish playing. “Cast far into violent motives, struggle, extinction, seething root, wrenching,” is delivered in a calculated manner while growls and shrieks combine to smear the madness. Atmospheric riffs later bring an infusion of oxygen before factory-heavy riffs drop bombs, clobbering as a slow-driving menace. The mammoth assault continues amid growls and relentless pounding that finally brings mercy. “To Victory” has a cold start that trickles in like cold rain, taking its time to develop an ambiance before the gates are crushed about two and a half minutes in. From there, the dual vocals clash and spear bone, while the hulking pace also has a sense of thrashiness that makes it more dangerous. Melody slips in like a stranger while the ground begins to quake again, leaving bruises and eventually melting back into the soil.

“Suffocating Burden” is an instrumental track that has sounds shaking, a strange cloud hovering overhead, and the mouth of the song enveloping, allowing “No Realm” into the room to shock the system. This track feels more like a post-hardcore bloodletting as it starts, with the guitars stabbing, the vocals barked with urgency, and massive doom eventually helping to counter the mood. The verses are frenetic with shouts of, “Infinite circles, direct propaganda, rendering violence, narcissists parade,” while the sounds send lava jolts, blistering the skin and coming to a splitting end. “Our Worth Is the New Measure” ends the record on a mystical note at first, as fog gathers and mist coats your face. Out of the eeriness comes a spurt of growls and shrieks utterly pummeling your mind, while misery-inducing sludging makes it hard to find balance, and the massive blasting knocks you to the ground. The playing bursts in your chest, the slow pounding mixes with splintering noise, and the track bludgeons without relent, sending consciousness hurtling toward total devastation.

We’re not bound to live in a harmonious society any time soon, as there are too many barriers to climb, too many wounds to heal, too many blows that can’t be taken back. Aseethe wallow in that torment on “Throes,” and while there are some exciting new twists and turns on the record, that doesn’t alleviate the hell in which we’re all immersed. This music won’t bring solace to those who battle every day, but it might help as an outlet to release that frustration in a productive way.

For more on the band, go here: https://www.facebook.com/aseethecreation/

To buy the album, go here: http://thrilljockey.com/products

For more on the label, go here: http://thrilljockey.com