UK industrial black/death metal entity Vessel of Iniquity crafts cacophonous soundscapes for the End Times on its newest full-length release, Void of Infinite Horror.
Staying true to the album’s name, the one-man project drags listeners deep into a darkened abyss populated by disfigured aural terror and writhing, Lovecraftian creatures. For roughly 25 minutes Vessel of Iniquity cranks out furious, deformed blackened death metal instrumentation that is marred by atmospheric tension and intense walls of caustic noise. Aside from the occasional haunting break, Void of Infinite Horror is a consistently earsplitting rush of sonic hell from start to finish. Some listeners will be turned off by its bleak, raw, and stubbornly discordant approach, while others will completely embrace the apocalyptic nightmare and be better off for it.
The record immediately subjects listeners to auditory annihilation on “Invocation of the Heart Girt with a Serpent”. Its endless arrays of dissonant, deafening guitars are propelled by furious mechanical drumming and smothered in thick black miasmas of harsh noise. The nuances of everything get lost in the swirling maelstrom of sound and all listeners are left with is a looming wall of hatred.
The instrumentation in the two tracks that follow, “Babalon” and “Void of Infinite Sorrow”, are a bit more discernible. “Babalon” features lurching, groaning riffs that eventually explode into churning black metal dissonance rife with piercing, equilibrium destroying noise. “Void of Infinite Sorrow” also opts for a slower approach by delivering towering death-doom that marches steadfastly through malevolent, specter-like soundscapes.
The cacophonous monstrosities return in “Mother of Abomination” as tremolo-picked, malformed guitars, surging with pulsating power electronic venom, eagerly decimate the listener. The record is then brought to a close by the slow-burning and tense “Once More Into the Abyss”. The track begins with long stretches of haunting, reverberating guitar melodies that are soaked in ghost-like ambiance. Eventually the song transitions into a barreling, Portal-like death metal assault that never quite reaches a climax and instead keeps listeners in a constant state of anxiety.
Vessel of Iniquity‘s Void of Infinite Horror opts for atmosphere over tradition. The record is fierce, evil, disquieting, and well worth the psychological trauma.
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Label: Sentient Ruin/Xenoglossy Productions
Favorite Tracks: “Babalon” and “Mother of Abomination”
For Fans Of: Gnaw Their Tongues, Teitanblood and Sutekh Hexen