The Sound That Ends Creation – We Are the Burden
Texas-based multi-instrumentalist Chris Dearing offers up 21 minutes of technical grindcore on We Are the Burden, the debut effort from his The Sound That Ends Creation project. We Are the Burden is a frantic and grotesque sounding release full of gritty tones and raw, grimy production value. The music on this record will bring bands like See You Next Tuesday and Put on Your Rosy Red Glasses-era The Number Twelve Looks Like You and, to a lesser extent, As the Sun Sets, Premonitions of War and others. The instrumentation dishes out flesh-ripping dissonant assaults that twist and writhe within off-kilter rhythms, and occasionally break free of the murk to deal out hardcore stampedes and sludgy beatdowns, as made evident by the album’s opening track “The Complex”. The majority of the release revolves around this approach of chaotic sonic bombardment peppered with straightforward hardcore warfare. But occasional bursts of metalcore breakdowns and grooves can be found throughout the album as well, particularly in the track “The Fires Are Growing”, as well as jazz-oriented playfulness (“The Open Eye”). Though it never quite breaks out of its comfort zone, We Are the Burden is a pretty solid and damaging release that recaptures the fierceness of the mathcore/grind scene of the early 2000s. Fans of chaos and disorder will want to check this little album out.
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “The Complex”, “Burn the Trees, Burn the Bark”, “Bottom Feeders” and “A Portrait of Inhumanity”
For Fans Of: As the Sun Sets, Premonitions of War, The Number Twelve Looks Like You and See You Next Tuesday
Soul Dissolution – Pale Distant Light
Belgian post-black metal outfit Soul Dissolution craft melancholic and melodic black metal that will appease fans of Agalloch and Alcest on their debut full-length album, Pale Distant Light. This emotive and sorrowful record is comprised of nine frostbitten compositions and a blistering cover of October Tide‘s “Sweetness Dies”, which totals over 50 minutes in length. The record begins with ethereal post-rock that bleeds into marching, slow-burning riffs and graceful string arrangements on “Waiting”. “Waiting”‘s icy, marching guitars, spectral atmospheres and commanding vocal shrieks set the tone for the remainder of the record. This track is followed by the storming “This Red Painting in the Sky”, which features the record’s first step into the traditional black metal realm with thunderous blast beats and cold tremolo-picked guitars. In general, the first four tracks on the record are all within the same vein as one another, with some purveying a more “blackened” style than others. The second half of the record, however, is where Soul Dissolution really shine. The shimmering, transcendental instrumental “Immanence of Unfulfillment” initiates the album’s triumphant second half, and bleeds into “The Final Dissolution” trilogy of tracks. Part One of the triad unleashes eight-minutes of incendiary, unforgiving blackened guitars and hellacious drumming. Part Two is a solo clean guitar number that dishes out gorgeous melodies and chord progressions, and bleeds into Part Three; a short but sweet post-black metal assault. The record ends (not counting the October Tide cover) with “Echoes of Dissolution”, which sees the return of the tranquil clean riff of “The Final Dissolution Part 2” and slowly morphs it into a wall of otherwordly ambience. Although what Soul Dissolution do on this record isn’t a far cry from their contemporaries, Pale Distant Light is a pretty solid and passionate release nonetheless. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does use the wheel well.
Release Date: February 13, 2016
Label: Throats Productions
Favorite Tracks: “Waiting” and “The Final Dissolution” parts 1-3
For Fans Of: Agalloch, Alcest and Drudkh