An amalgamation of disturbing noises, disconcerting sounds, distorted-beyond-recognisable-shape riffs and processed keyboards and drums, ‘The Rising’ is an interesting hybrid of all things gruesome and gory. Simultaneously extremely weird and extremely wonderful, the tracks are rambunctiously unpredictable. With no identifiable structures to the tracks, the erratic and volatile barrage of chaotic cacophony spat from the speakers may be very difficult listening for some, but that unpredictability is what makes this so compelling. The abrasive guitars clash with rapid-fire programmed drums and atmospherically charged keyboards and main-man Murphy’s twisted shrieks, tortured howls, gravelly barks and throat-slit whispers. Listening to the ‘The Rising’ feels like being torn apart by the cranium-craving horde, but the processed elements stop it being as fucking abominable as it should be. The soundtrack to a zombie apocalypse with a healthy dose of Satanism thrown in to the already repugnant mix of black, death and grind, sadly, the keyboard sounds and the programmed drums sound monotonously consistent and too lifeless to really tear the flesh from the bone. However, had this been played by a live band, the painful vulnerabilities of the human aspect of the dehumanised soundscape depicted in this perverse aesthetic would be so much more effective; a shame because this could have been magnificent.
Review by Jason Guest
1) The Rising; 2) Scorched Earth
3) The Prophesy
4) Black Lightning Rapture
6) Obscene Deformities
7) Satan's Army
8) Unholy Sonata
10) Carrion; 11) Feast Upon Flesh
12) Blasphemous Insidious; 13) Din
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"With no identifiable structures to the tracks, the erratic and volatile barrage of chaotic cacophony spat from the speakers may be very difficult listening for some, but that unpredictability is what makes this so compelling."