Band – Yaldabaoth
Album – That Which Whets The Saccharine Palate
Country of Origin – USA
Genre – Black Metal
Release Date – February 29, 2020
Label – Lysaean Triune/Aesthetic Death
Author – Hayduke X
Forty-five minutes of blistering chaos, punctuated by segments of crawling, evil horror. That Which Whets The Saccharine Palate ramps up the tension of existence by carefully weaving strands of dissonant mysticism into murky fog of blackened horror. Take heed. This is not a light listen, nor is it for the incautious. Saccharine Palate is a visceral voyage into dark places, and exploration of the eternal battle, a tormented discovery which may well shatter all the illusions which you hold so dear. Once Yaldaboath have their hooks in you, they will not let go easily. Passages from this offering may haunt your dreams. Progressions may stalk you, lurching forth into the corner of your vision at odd times, then disappearing just as completely.
In only their second offering to the world (as we know it), and their first full length, have achieved a remarkable feat. It would be easy to say that this will appeal to fans of mid-period Deathspell Omega, a notable master of this swirling, dissonant style, but really they have outdone them. Thick with fury, blistering with chaos, abundantly brutal, and yet atmospheric in a way that is all encompassing, Saccharine Palate takes everything I love about the style and turns it up to eleven.
So who is it that is making all of this triumphantly dark madness? I haven’t the foggiest. The reality of who is involved in the project is lost in the murk. I do know that the project hails from Alaska in the United States, as close to a US version of Scandinavia as there is, at least in terms of climate. I do know that the riffing is sharp, incisive, and dissonant. I do know that the drumming is fluid, precise, and varied. I do know that the bass is a grim underlying chord of horror. I do know that the vocals come directly from the absolute core of someone’s passionate being. There is no weakness. Only blackness. Only Darkness. Only Void.
Biography: Hayduke X has been writing for MoshPitNation since June of 2016. Beginning in 2018, he also began writing for VM Metal Underground. Prior to joining the MoshPitNation team, Hayduke published reviews on his own blog Rage and Frustration. In addition, he has DJ’ed an online metal radio show of the same name as his blog, written for TOmetal.com, done interviews for Metal Rules, and collaborated with The Art of B Productions to create video interviews with a wide variety of bands.