Saturday, April 28, 2012
The first thing that struck me was how great the production was. It's filthy sounding as if recorded in a dark smokey basement but there's a clarity and cleanliness that gives the record nice depth. The second aspect was simply the guitar. Moments nod to early black-metal whilst others are thrashy, headbanging inducing passages. Whilst there is that contrast, everything works together to weave a deadly, very satisfying ten minutes.
"Chemognostic Illumination" is the standout track, perfectly blending the raw thrash and metal into a cohesive and relentless assault. My only gripe with the release is that there are no lyrics included, but given the band's responses in a recent interview, it's safe to say that the message is dark and nihilistic.
Take notice if you dig the aforementioned Sangraal as well as Low Places, Bone Awl, and raw black metal/hardcore.
I have to say I really dug the packaging and overall presentation. Along with a solid slab of black vinyl, there were stickers, patches, and it was even numbered. As always H13/FOT doesn't disappoint.
Highly recommended nonetheless and keep your eyes open for some new Cease To Exist material in the near future.