Jeezum crud. This is some seriously downtuned shit. My typical issue with bands who fall under the “sludge” umbrella is the lack audible melody and riffery, but Ilsa certainly sidesteps that pitfall. I don’t even have a comparable reference for this record. Think Disembodied-esque tones, but more eeevilll sounding. As with much of A389’s catalog, there are Holy Terror moments, but at a snail’s pace that harkens Mosquito Control-era Isis and even Bloodlet at times. Regardless, this is an insanely heavy, dark, venomous record that should appeal to both hardcore and sludge/doom aficionados.
–Dave William (A389)