Toronto’s Drofnosura craft a unique, crushing, and extremely disquieting opus with their debut full-length, Voidfever.
Voidfever hypnotically draws the listener into its clutches with its opening track, “Tower of Waves”, and refuses to let go until the record concludes. Eerie, wailing soundscapes swirl ethereally above grimy bass lines and crooning, ghost-like vocals. These haunted sound effects and ambiance provide a consistently unnerving mood throughout the 11-minute song, even as the instrumentation transitions from demented post-rock to squirming, dissonant sludge. These varying extremes of darkness and persistent malevolent atmosphere are what make this track, and this album as a whole, absolutely engaging.
“Avidyā” trudges out from the gloom left behind by “Tower of Waves” with a dark, entrancing, bass-heavy lurch, accompanied by moaning vocals, that leads to a writhing cacophony of dissonant psychedelia and venomous screeches. Then the song opens up into a barrage of thunderous, off-kilter doom that spirals into malformed noise before reassembling itself back into its initial sludgy shapes. This massive death march is eventually swallowed by noise and paves the way for “Panzón de Borrego” to come crashing through.
“Panzón de Borrego” immediately beats the listener senseless with an array of chugging noise riffs, atmospheric atonal dirges, and bestial sludge metal dripping with violence. This brutal beating gradually transforms into a lengthy section of discordant, spacey riffs and wailing guitar noise that bleeds directly into the melancholic “False Womb”. The deeply somber and deeply unsettling track churns out over six minutes of dense, whirling soundscapes, creepy vocals, and funereal guitar work that trudges along somberly until its end.
The slow-burning, nearly 16-minute title track closes out the record on an epic and upsetting note. The track begins with long stretches of pulsating synths and primitive percussion that is eventually spearheaded by repetitious, depressive post-rock guitar sections. The song takes listeners down this dark, dreary, and bewitching path for about 10 minutes before the band trades in emotional blows for physical ones. The song then becomes a towering, saddened doom dirge that marches its way into noise-laden oblivion and brings the record to a stunning, earsplitting close.
Once Drofnosura‘s Voidfever has its hooks in the listener, it refuses to let go. Listeners will get lost in its ever-flowing darkness and will not want to leave despite the psychological and physical trauma they endure.
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “Tower of Waves” and “Voidfever”
For Fans Of: Starkweather, Northless, Samothrace and Terra Tenebrosa