Friday, June 16, 2017

Tombs - "the Grand Annihilation"

Any questions regarding Tombs legitimacy as black metal is cleared the fuck up right from the first few notes. The guitar tone peels your faces off and leaves you a bloody stain on the all behind you.  Mike Hill's growl has a Neurosis like rasp to it when they song slows down as the lyrics are articulated. The songs are all respectable lengths rarely venturing over the seven minute mark. There is more of a deliberate gallop to "Cold". Drummer Charlie Schmid, really pulls his weight when it come top the double bass on this song. The only thing I have noticed and this is two songs in is this feel more like a more metallic effort than "All Empires Fall". The chords sometimes dip into the shadows , but darkness is not as pervading. The only reason I think Fade Kainer might still be involved is the way the vocals are layered on "the tear away the veil" . If there are synths on this they are mixed way the hell down. By the time we get to "Old Wounds" I begin to miss the more goth touches of previous albums, this is solved by a more death rock vocal thrown in for two phrases .  They are certainly good at giving you straight up metal, but I need the more atmospheric touches to balance it out.

This shadow side of the band begins to make it self known again going into "November Wolves" I am not asking for a lot here, just he little touches like how a sung vocal doubles up the harsh declarations. The song has a bulldozing groove to it's chug. The vocal refrain in the last tow minutes is pretty awesome and well sung. I also like that this song reminds me a little of Dissection.The darkness becomes the main focus with the sung vocals that take the mic on "Underneath" which seems to be perfectly tailored to my personal music tastes. So thanks guys for that.When you think of goth metal it's normally so frilly and Vampire of the Masquerade that it takes all the balls from it. As much as I love them I will admit that this even took the edge from Type O Negative at times. But they prove you can have the best of both worlds.

They hit you with a more frontal assault on the scathing blast of "Way of the Storm". I think Hill's commentary on the world around him is veiled is post-apocalyptic imagery with stars falling from the sky.  When they slow into a more Celtic Frost like chug the results are stunning. They stay in a similar grinding tempo on "Shadows At the End of the World". The lyrical theme of the world being broken and burning with killing fields being reaped continues. I like this as I think it sucks that all the metal heads are on my Facebook crying about how Trump is the anti-Christ and wanting peace. What a bunch of posers, if you are are going be into black metal or death metal then this is the end you should have been wanting, destruction and chaos if you like to toy with them vicariously through songs, but are afraid if what it looks like in real life then the diapers are on aisle 9. Then again I am a depressed nihilist so I hope we all get nuked by North Korea, it will have me another suicide attempt.

Sorry for the rant but it is relevant here as it reflects the sort of world painted by the lyrics of this album."Temple of Mars" doesn't paint a happier picture either. The vocals somewhere between spoken and sung, with bass dragging them them down into the cosmic ocean. "Walk Me into Nightmares" is almost more rock in the throb the guitar goes into. The vocals are similar to those in the previous song. This might be my favorite song on the album, even though it's not the heaviest by far, but if you know my tastes by now you will understand this. There is still even greater rock styling to the perhaps more dreary "Saturnalian" . The black metal tremolo picking surfaces and the harsher vocal return. The bass and the drums are locked in like a machine. At the three minute mark things slow back down and get darker and more chaotic. I think it's obvious that this is the soundtrack the world needs right now it without question gets a 10. The album is almost split into two parts on the front end If you thought the more post-punk elements were diluting the more metallic properties then make most mistake this part of the  album is up in you as metal as it gets. Then if your tastes fall more on the dark side as mine do than you have to hang on and your get that too.

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