Tuesday, August 30, 2016

REVIEW - BLACK EARTH - DIAGRAMS OF A HIDDEN ORDER - CD

BLACK EARTH - DIAGRAMS OF A HIDDEN ORDER - CD
BLACK PLAGVE PRODUCTIONS/INFECT18
BLACKENED NOISE/LO-FI BLACK METAL/BLACKENED DEATH INDUSTRIAL/BLACK AMBIENT/RITUAL DOOM
PRO CD IN FOUR PANEL DIGI-PACK.


I.) MANTRIC RESONANCES ALONG FIELDS OF DISSOLUTION:
BLACK EARTH is an unholy trinity who along with a handul of guest
artists have crafted a brilliant debut E.P. Although we only experience
around fifteen minutes of aural hallugenic nightmare exploration here, It
is well worth the time invested. BLACK EARTH's approach to the "Blackened
Noise" style is very unique and unlike any other take on the genre I've yet
encountered. Fans of artists like GNAW THEIR TONGUES, ADERLATING, DEATHSTENCH,
THE STEM CELL RESEARCH PROJECT, THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB, AUTOKRATOR, Etc will likely revel in the darkened splendor of this release. The first few moments commence
consisting of stark, Lightless Death Ambient that is soon swept away and torn
asunder as a rift of blazing riffs and thundering blast beats opens up sucking 
us through a portal into total darkness. Blackened Death Metal fury hits hard 
and with no fucking remorse or pity shown. The stars are right and the tyrannical 
age of the Elder Gods is finally upon us. All of this fury comes buried (though 
still quite audible and distinguishable) cloaked within a smothering, Oppressive 
density similar to that of ISOLATOR or OF EARTH AND SUN. The Gods of Chaos have 
forsaken their indifferent outlook towards mankind and decided on total eradication 
and annihilation of all lifeforms. And this is their chosen weapon. Had your favorite
Death Metal or Bestial Black Metal demo been recorded in a vaccuous abyssmal nether-
world it may have sounded something like this. A cacophonaus malestrom with dense
windswept breaks, Distint high pitched resonance, Tortorous vocals and Daemonic
growls...This is the howling of the abyss itself. Listening to this you begin to
feel like you can feel your flesh slowly withering to dust. Slower segments take
us into storming Funeral Doom caliber dread only the funerals are long over and
we've spent aeons rotting into wretched, Sunbleached husks of misery. The faster
moments are a full on frenzy. By far one of the darkest and most morbid sounding 
acts I've ever heard. Swirling voices form a vortex of woe that carries us across
into the next piece.

II.) UPON LABYRINTHS OF BROKEN MIRRORS:
The midway mark is a bit of a break. Distant thunderous drums boom like the heart
of Hell awakening in anticipation as new guests are on route to their horrid eternity.
A mass of blackened riffs slowly builds and pulls creating tension as well as foreboding.
Death Industrial and Dark Ambient elements are on display in all their barren glory. The
maw rips open wider allowing an eerie resonance like the pulse of Gehenna to slowly spill
into the air infecting the atmosphere and snuffing out all light and life. Schisms spread
and allow hissing steam from abysmal pits to exhale after centuries of imprisonment. The
steady thump in the distance builds suspense and the feeling that some monolithic terror
is slowly approaching. Like a slow, Shambling, Weary trek into obliteration. Disorienting
synth layers rape away all comfort and create an air of dis-ease and unavoidable despondency.
The reason will soon be apparent.

III.) TO CLOAK A NEBULOUS SUN:
Take track one and strip it into a primal, Rabid state of absolute insanity. This is
feral madness. Drums range from rapid fire attacks to unsure footfalls. The vocals and
guitars come in thick walls creating a haze of uncertainty and earth shattering sonic
violence. Undercurrents drone on as blistering tremolo leads scratch at the sun and
tear away all cosmic substance. A narration is spoken in Daemonic tongues that human
ears were never meant to hear. Incantations and praises to nihilistic deities as all
is forcefully swept into anti-substance. This is like nothing you've heard before. 
Otherworldly damnation sprawled out across all space and time. Raptuous inverted
hymns to bring fourth Armageddon. BLACK EARTH have quickly demanded my attention
and I cannot fucking wait to hear what they create in the future. It's hard to
capture in words just what it is that they are doing. Listen for yourself. A
thoroughly impressive debut.

BLACK EARTH CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND DEMOLISHED ALL INTO THAT SAME NOTHINGNESS. WE WERE AWESTRUCK UPON LISTENING. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LET THIS CONSUME YOU:
9/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.malignantrecords.com

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