I’m immediately transported to a world of shadows and fire, bleak and hostile.
The rest of the album, and the rest of the opening track, is this weird hybrid of experimental Black and Death Metal.
Bloodshed. Violence. Darkness. Madness. Sorcery. And that’s just the music.
Ekpyrosis rises from the deepest pit of the void, a creature unleashed to slither forth upon the unsuspecting masses.
The band does not reinvent the wheel, but firmly implants themselves as a worthy entry into the annals of grindcore done well, done in an interesting manner, and done with fury and passion.
What Gourmand do so well on this album is to seamlessly mesh weirdo, technical death metal with strange time signatures, bizarre riffs, and the like on one hand, and seriously emotional, passionate music on the other.
The raw atmosphere of the album truly enriches the overall experience and only serves to fuel the nightmarish sounds that spew forth, as minute after minute you are absolutely torn to shreds from the sheer violence.
Dark Fortress both digs deep and imagines large on this hour long effort. With black metal as their vehicle, they ride through the cosmos and traverse the wide spaces between atoms, all of it in the service of understanding our insignificance.
Unlike many splits, this particular one shows consistent excellence. Kudos to Everlasting Spew for recognizing an opportunity to put together two bands that would mesh so well together, yet each show their own personality.
Angry, disturbed, ominous, triumphant…this album is all of those things, and more.