Epic doom crust. Listening to this reminds me of bands like Ambush, where if you take the time to listen to this closely, and allow yourself to focus solely on the music, then you will get a lot out of it. The songs are heavy, multilayered, and, as a whole, they create a mood of impending gloom and doom. There are moments of quiet, then times where the songs are churning and exploding. “Amalgam” is a complete crusher. There are the guitars playing off one another, and I really like the way one guitar is adding another layer in the middle of the song, adding to the mood, and how the tempo is building tension that never lets up. Then how it gives way to the contrasting “Matriarch,” allowing the quiet to come in and room for introspection as well as preparation for the brewing storm. The cello and violin help anchor it down and underscore the tone. The theme to this album is centered around Christianity and the sexist image of women it tends to promote. Lyrically, it’s presented almost as a conversation between lucifer and Eve. For me, the writing is dense, and something, like the music, you have to spend time with and focus on it completely to “get it.” It’s kind of like a book, but it’s only an album. The first couple times I put this album on was more as a quick listen and background noise, which this is not geared toward at all. There’s a lot here to take in, spend time with, and discover.
–M.Avrg (Halo of Flies, halooffliesrecords.com)