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  • Alexandre Barata

    This sounds great. Post BM as it should always sound, heavy and noisy/dirty. Love it

  • Fell asleep in the first 10 minutes. How much opium do you smoke before you listen to this, Kronos?

    • My guess is some.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Oops, didn’t mean to vote you down just now. My thumb was aiming for the Reply button.

      I’ve got another 70 mins to go so we’ll see. I like the drums on the first track around the seven-minute mark, where it seems like Hagrid suddenly takes over the kit. But then the calm section does go on a bit.

      Good review, Kronos.

    • Vice-President of Hell

      opium
      smoke

      welcome to XIX century, sir?

      • Why thank you, good sir!

        • Hulksteraus

          That only works with Sherlock Holmes… I think you need the poor mans Opium, codeine (found at all good pharmacies) when listening to this stuff. But I am a sucker for Doom, especially Esoteric stuff like this. Who can forget such lengthy tomes as Esoteric’s The Pernicious Enigma….

          That was a 2 disk mammoth slab of drug fueled doom.

        • Grymm

          It’s “Why thank you, good CHAP”!!!

          I can’t take you ANYWHERE… and give me back my chapeau!

          • Kronos

            Cor, thank’ye guv’nah.

          • Grymm

            Tally-ho and shit!

    • Kronos

      I’M INNA MOSS-A’ GAZIN KINDS A MOOD

      • LITERALLY. BECAUSE IT IS WHAT YOU STUDY. MOSS GAZING.

        • Dr. Scorpion

          Kronos is a Botanist?

          • Kronos

            Never! Though I do have a paper on cacti in the works.

          • Dr. Scorpion

            Doesn’t that make you a botanist?

          • No, a cactician.

          • Kronos

            Botany just isn’t a cactical field to go into.

          • Kronos

            No.

          • Dr. Scorpion

            Then what are you ? ( a psychotic botanist?)

          • Kronos

            I have exactly half a biology degree.

          • Dr. Scorpion

            So basically a botany degree? (Biology – Zoology = Botany =Biology ÷2)

          • Kronos

            I don’t have to be an arachnologist to tell you that you’re wrong.

          • Dr. Scorpion

            Yes you do. You still gave me an upvote.Arachnids rule.

          • He’s a morbid botanist.

        • Kronos

          I STUDY PIPID FROGS, YOU ASSHOLE.

    • El_Cuervo

      2kvlt4u

      • Kronos

        7brootal9u

  • Lasse Momme

    welp, this is going directly into my ears approximately now. your review also reminds me of your review of Izah’s Sistere from earlier in the year, how does it compare?

    On a sidenote I do think you were a bit too hard on Deafheaven though, they were absolutely monstrous when i saw them at roskilde festival this year. absolutely blew Tombs out of the water.

    • Kronos

      Oh yeah, I’ve heard they’re great in concert and their drumming and vocals are great too, but would it kill them to write _any riffs whatsoever_? The best description I’ve heard of Deafheaven is “The Cure + blastbeats” which I think is a gem of wit.

  • dnky666

    Amazing album. I expect it to clean up come the end of the year polls. Basically Godspeed You Black Emperor makes a Black Metal album. Best listened too as one side of (a virtual) C90 (like the old days) with the new Locrian album on the other side. What an amazing year so far for off kilter Black Metal.

  • Thatguy

    Great writing, Kronos.

    I discovered Hope drone after your previous round-up and I have been listening to this one for a few weeks.

    I was actually surprised when you wrote it was 80 minutes long. I had not checked the track lengths and it does not seem long – time flies in a beautiful haze.

    Maybe it is like smoking opium, AMG, but that’s better than smoking corn flakes.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Kronos you seem to be getting spoilt by AMG recently!
    As an Aussie lurker here I feel duty bound to check this out. Though I must say I couldn’t get as excited about their debut as I wanted to and the 80min run length is a bit daunting. This one sounds like you need to get the setting right, headphones in the dark I reckon.

    • Kronos

      I’m really looking forward to doing a review of a lackluster album again sometime. I feel so ashamed about giving out three 4.5s in a row, which I probably should be fired for.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        God damn it! I just looked to see if these guys had any Sydney Shows coming up and discovered they played at a good pub down the road from me last night…I’ll catch the next one and let you know how they go live.

        • Hulksteraus

          I do that all the time… Used to see quite a bit of Aussie metal when I lived in Sydney and then Melbourne. Ever since I moved to Brisbane I have missed out on local metal, although I did manage to see Voyager earlier in the year who were supported by Caligulas Horse (for my prog metal fix). The only time I see Aussie metal these days is when I see the support acts for overseas acts… Still, there are some great Aussie bands that are supporting big acts touring Aus… Missing Metal For the Brain (not sure of your age, but that festival showcased so much Aussie Metal)…

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Old enough to see age as a state of mind…:)

          • Hulksteraus

            I think I got to the 3rd the 5th and the 10th. Good times indeed! Remember sitting at the bar having chats to various band members from various bands.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Nice, I think it was the third I went to, we probably rubbed shoulders at the bar! It only feels a long time ago when you try and remember details… Alchemist played a great set and I’m pretty sure Armoured Angel were there too. Hard Ons were not really a metal band but they were awesome, such a great live act, a mashing of Venom, Ramones and Motorhead. These days you can catch Ray Ahn from the Hard Ons working at the home of metal, Utopia records in Sydney.

          • Luke_22

            Yeah being originally for Canberra I was lucky enough to go to a couple of the later Metal for the Brain’s. The vibe was always very cool and relaxed and the quality of bands was great. caught some great sets from the likes of the mighty Alchemist, Blood Duster, Psycroptic and many more. Good times though it seems so long ago now.

      • Oh I am so tempted to recommend another 4.5/5 record to you…just to keep the streak going! :-)

        • Kronos

          You can do it but I’m not reviewing it until end-of-year.

  • Dr. Scorpion

    In my opinion it is not necessary to listen to a whole album in one sitting. I totally adore these guys. I see a sphere.

    • Kronos

      It’s actually a nice riff on the sphere trend since it’s an involution of a sphere.

  • Whiskeyjack

    Mr Kronos sir. have you heard a band called “Ageless Oblivion”? to me they sound like the bastard offspring of Gorguts and Nile and they fit very nicely into a playlist with Ulcerate/Ad Nauseum/Pyrrhon etc. Seeing as you introduced me to Ad Nauseum I thought I would try and return the favour!

    “Where Wasps Now Nest” is a good starting point. :)

    • AndySynn

      I second this recommendation.

      In fact, I think I’ve messaged AMG about them before in an email entitled “UK Metal Bands Who Are Awesome And Totally Not Shit, I Promise, Sorry, I Might Be A Bit Drunk, Also, Have You Seen This Video Of A Happy Dog?”

      • Whiskeyjack

        hahaha! I applaud your excellent taste in music and animal videos!

      • Whiskeyjack

        Would you be the same Andy Synn who reviews on “No Clean Singing”?

        • AndySynn

          That I would. And am. And will be.

          But I also like to hang out here at AMG because I like what they do so much.

          • Whiskeyjack

            Well then I believe some thanks are in order as it was the review on NCS that initially led me to Ageless Oblivion. I remember thinking that an album that generates this many visceral metaphors in a reviewer is something I need to hear! Thank you Mr Synn!

            And i totally agree about AMG, this place is Mecca for the Extreme metal head.

          • AndySynn

            Oh, awesome. I’m always really glad when something I write actual ends up getting a band a new fan or two.

            I actually get to see AO supporting Ulcerate in a TINY venue in my town later in the year (and, hopefully, might be able to snag a support slot). Which is going to rule.

          • Kronos

            Hi I’m here to steal your identity for a short period of time.

          • AndySynn

            Including my debt?

          • Kronos

            I’ll actually allow you to keep that. I’m pretty sure you guys still have debtors’ prison.

          • Whiskeyjack

            Sorry, I meant to say, NCS is also great!

          • Whiskeyjack

            feel proud dude! between you and the AMG crowd the bands I follow has more or less Quadrupled over the past 2 years!

            AO supporting Ulcerate? where the hell is that? are you in the UK?

          • AndySynn

            Yep. UK born and bred. Ulcerate/Bell Witch/AO are doing a UK tour in… September? October? Something like that.

          • Whiskeyjack

            Cheers for the heads up! had no idea they were touring blighty!

          • Kronos

            Oh I just crank out those viscera.

          • Well the feeling is mutual, I was just going to put together a blog post featuring your great bit about music comparisons. I’m a bit bummed that you didn’t reference my “On Genres as Pejoratives” in it, because I think you’re basically doing the same thing only more pedagogically and less ranty.

          • AndySynn

            Damn. That would have been good to reference actually. But, as usual, the whole thing was far more slapdash than it actually appears in its final form – so lots of stuff got forgotten about in the process.

          • Andy, I owe you several beers!

          • AndySynn

            Yes you do!

            (Follow-up question – why?)

          • Because I read NCS and discovered a few bands through you.

          • AndySynn

            Ah. Then yes, I will accept your offer.

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        You’re dead to me.

        • AndySynn

          Cat-lover, eh?

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            It’s more that I just dislike happy dogs. They have a tendency to destroy my shit.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        I may use that email title, if that’s all right?

        • AndySynn

          Just make sure it’s a DAMN happy dog.

      • Prolly explains why your emails never quite make it to my inbox.

        • AndySynn

          Don’t filter me!!!

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Penthos is quite the monster. Reminds me of Artificial Brain in places. However, I do wish bands would stop embedding spoken word passages in their song, as on The Midas Throat. These are usually interesting to hear the first or second time, but it quickly becomes a drag to have to sit through them every single time you listen to the song. Other than that, a great album.

    • Kronos

      I will listen to this and, if necessary, sing your praises.

      • Whiskeyjack

        In honour of Andy Synn who originally pointed me to them, make it no clean singing.

        • Kronos

          I have to say this is a bit underwhelming.

          • Whiskeyjack

            really? What’s not doing it for you? I admit the spoken word bits are a bit much, but the rest of their penthos album has had some serious repeat plays for me.

          • AndySynn

            Well, damn. “Penthos” was one of my Top 10 albums of last year.

  • Hulksteraus

    Kronos, I have to admit to liking your reviews. You have a very descriptive writing style that allows you to visualise an aural sense…

    Also, like Carlos of Marrickville (under the flight path), a fellow dweller of these southern shores (although I am a bit north of Sydney), I am liking the reviews of Australian slabs of metal that pop up amongst the awesome metal from across the globe on this fantastic site.

    Keep up the good work and all hail AMG!

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Only an Aussie would call Brisbane a bit north of Sydney :)

      • Hulksteraus

        We don’t like overstating things here.. :)

        • Luke_22

          Yeah I’m in Newcastle so that’s what I call just north of Sydney. Need to check this out, I haven’t psid these dudes much attention. Great review Kronos.

    • Kronos

      Thank you very much.

  • JJnetZach

    They are named after a Godspeed You! Black Emperor song but doesn’t seem related in any way. I’ll try it out anyway..

  • Elton Chagas

    Atmospheric Black/Sludge… sounds like the perfect soundtrack for the desolation of mankind.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Well, it wasn’t quite as unlistenable as that horrific Locurian “band.”

    • kaeru92

      Judging by the preview, I also thought I would have the Locrian album. But I gave it a try, and I came to really like it after a few listen. Will give this one a try too

      • That Locrian cd is killer. No filler.

        • Kronos

          You’d be hard pressed to find something iller.

        • Oscar Albretsen

          An album of motorcycle noise and fire alarms wouldn’t have any filler, either. If they tied me to a chair, and put the Locrian album on repeat, I’d tell them all I know and more before the first track ended.

  • Roquentin

    Awesome record. Relapse released two great records on the same day, now that doesn’t happen very often.

  • sir_c

    Relapse even quoted (goated?) you in the official video

    • Oh shit, thanks for the screen cap!

    • Kronos

      FUCKING YEEEEEAH! (I did not, in fact, know this previously. Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention)

  • Bandcamp. Bought. Done.

    • Kronos

      I’d love to see you guys do a vinyl review of this. I’ve already ordered it and I expect great things.

      • Someone would need to do a needle drop for us since I’m not going whole hog yet because the production on this record leaves a lot to be desired. Some of these tracks are DR4. Ouch.

        • Kronos

          Did you measure the FLAC? the 320 mp3s that we got as promo were pretty much all DR6.
          I actually like the production here; even though it’s compressed to a fairly standard degree, the instruments sound very organic.

          Also, I’d love to help with a vinyl review if at all possible, athough I’m very much a novice.

          • Right, MP3s do that, they bump the DR score a bit.

            Most of the record is hovering DR4 territory. Now K, in all honesty, I have not sat down and listened to it intensely. I listened to half of the YouTube stream while reading your review (note: The ONLY way to read AMG reviews – I’m a pro.).

            Let me sit with it some more…

          • Kronos

            I’ll have to try that if I ever read our reviews. Usually when I write one it’s word salad that our editors turn into content through some alchemical means.
            As mentioned above, listen to the opening of “Chords that Thrum…” and tell me that tom doesn’t sound absolutely awesome.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    Awesome review! Would it be a good idea or totally insensitive to run a couple of tracks of this at a funeral?

    I mean, come on, why not, comma,

    • Kronos

      I think Woods V: Grey Skies and Electric Light is the only appropriate funeral metal.

      • nunka

        …Now I’m sad. :(

        • Kronos

          That’s a-list crying album right there.

  • antitayyip

    i didnt read review… is this shit instrumental or what?

    • Kronos

      No.