Thursday, May 17, 2012

Inverloch - Dusk|Subside

During the early 90's, hordes of Australian black and death metal bands spread chaos and fear all across Australia. Even now, their presence is feared, but on one side there was a band called dISEMBOWELMENT, who really changed the way funeral doom was heading. Many filthy Fins and New Yorkers were working with similar tricks, but the mighty ''d'' was the first band to create such depressing doom metal, heavy, gloomy and brooding, additional strong death metal overtones. Almost twenty years after the release of the drowning release that changed doom metal, ex two members of dISEMBOWELMENT reform along with a fresh crew of three, and together, they urge to re-create the monstrosity that was created before them. Inverloch play in the exact vein of ''d'', and thus they enable the restoration of disemboweling funeral death/doom once more. Welcome.

Obviously, all the tracks are gloomy and sludgy beyond belief, and too keep the listener sucked in, brooding melodies vaguely appear and disappear, while the meat grinding heavy rhythms infinitely flow and crush anything in their path. The music is atmospheric and very, very desolate, just as it's meant to be. Since this is an Ep, Inverloch offer no more than three songs, and although they have great length, they are just not long enough to build up for a brain-drilling experience. The first song ''Within Frozen Beauty'' is a crushing dirge of unpolished, suffocating death metal, its fantastic array of drum beats and its tremendous arsenal of riffs is a devastating bonus for the Ep from the start. The following track, ''The Menin Road'' slows things down even more, and generally focuses on atmospheric sequences guided by sinister melodies, all played an a turtle's pace. I'd say the main weakness of this track is that it doesn't have sufficient material and adequate density to keep the listener interested throughout, and there too many spacious sections where the only sound you'll hear is a faint glow, slowly dwindling and dying.

Yes, this funeral doom and you need to keep the speed at a turtle's pace for the most part, but unless you gave something to fill those spacious gaps, then the listener would be bored, rather than immersed. ''Shadows Of The Flame'' is also a fine track, sounding like a combination of the previous tracks. The starting sequences are the perfect funeral death/doom riffs with that classic brooding melody swaggering on top, the middle section is just a flurry of crushing down tuned death metal tremolo madness, just like the first track, and the concluding segments end a bit like like the previous track, faintly, with little emotion and even less energy. I love how Inverloch easily slip into doomy riffs from crunchy chops, and the breakdowns are also quite excellent. Although their glow may not be very strong at the moment, Inverloch can surely grip on to that ancient sound that dISEMBOWELMENT, and pull themselves further above. For fans of fatiguing funeral doom metal with sharp death metal influences, this a very nice find indeed.

Within Frozen Beauty
Shadows Of The Flame

Rating: 84,5%

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