It lives within the boundaries of the style (with some blackening, but that’s not so abnormal), but does so with a unique putrefaction that makes it stand out above the rest.
The trio have concocted a rich, fiery atmosphere which holds all manner of imagined evil in the shadows and contours of the riffs.
Drenched in bloody violence, with horror infused pain dripping from musical wounds, Let Us Pray is a tour de force of emotional riffs, attacking rhythms, unsettling dynamics, and terrifying vocal delivery.
This will not stop until all are crushed beneath it. Prepare for the end.
Though the album title translates into “empty”, the music is full of power and presence. Perhaps it is how the ultimate Emptiness expels itself.
Desperation. Hatred. Pain. All of these can be heard in every riff, drum beat, and anguished growl of Maurice de Jong on Shapeless Misery, his latest offering to the world.
There’s a storm thundering in the distance and I’m not sure I’ll survive.
Think tearing yourself apart while still conscious, blood dripping, brain exposed, yeah, the death metal works.