Friday, June 15, 2012

Binah - Hallucinating In Resurrecture

I usually see an important release coming, either from the band's earlier demos or by simply receiving news from the label, but the debut album by this morbid UK trio Binah took me by surprise. The band didn't even have a demo released and information about them was limited, so I just obtained their debut album ''Hallucinating Resurreecture'', a doomy collision of Incantation, Autopsy and even heavily churned Swedish guitars. Even though the collection of influences is sparse and versatile, all in all, they're nothing new for a resident old school death metal fan, but then again, doesn't corrosive, atmospheric Swedish death/doom sound like a fun toy to play with? In fact, Binah's sound sounds refreshing as it's morbid and depressing, so it wouldn't be false to admit that Dark Descent has gotten hold of one of the better roosters in the hen.

There are three aspects that play an imperative role in the albums structure and efficiency. The three sections that I like divide the album to are the obvious influences stated above; the heavy, boxy Swedish metal guitar tone providing with heaps of fiery energy and supporting the crushing, rhythmic groove and with additional crutch, the haunting Autopsy overtone, bending the stiffened riffs with a bit of doom n' gloom and viscous Incantation sound, responsible for creating a malleable atmosphere for the album to be drenched with. These influences mainly form the basis of ''Hallucinating In Resurrecture'', but the album does have an extensive array for intricate riffs, so there is really more than just three pieces that make it up. All the elements churn very well alongside the low grunts of the vocalist and atmospheric synthesizers that seldom appear. the riffs are crushing as they chomp everything under them with great heft, but adrenaline fueled incursions of monstrous aggression are scarce, so this isn't really the best headbang friendly record out there.

The repertoire of riffs never cease to deliver quality old school metal, and their thrived with dismal melodies hanging, dangling on their hooks. There's definitely a ''hallucinating'' touch on the album, and that's made clear with thickness of the atmosphere engulfing the music, or the drowsiness of the elements. The vocals are nothing to be worked over for; they're low growls but they go along well with music. One thing that was really queer (especially seen on the title track) was the usage of chaotic melodies and colliding chords that heavily resemble black metal--another influence. The dispersion of the music is what drew me towards Binah's debut, and fans of atmospheric death metal should definitely give this a try. It's dark, brooding and dismal, and it reeks of depressing old school death ghastliness.

Morbid Obumbration
Hallucinating In Resurrecture

Rating: 86%

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