BLEAKNESS: Frozen Refuge: 12”EP

As picture discs go, this one-sided piece of vinyl is one of my favorites of all time. It’s basically the cover of the record printed onto clear vinyl and it looks stunning. Musically, Bleakness might lead one to believe that it would be quite a dour outfit, but I certainly don’t find it to be anything like that. It’s certainly not a barrel of laughs and it reminds me of Crusades, especially due to the driving guitars which kick off the lead (and title) track and a dark ambience to the sound. I actually find the four tracks uplifting in the way they are delivered and the power inherent in them. It’s a quality release worth tracking down. –Rich Cocksedge (Sabotage, [email protected], sabotagerecords.net / Destructure, destructure.org / Kink, [email protected], kink-records.de / La Agonia De Vivr, laagoniadevivr.com)