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Band
It Is Dead
Title
A Place Of Darkness
Type
LP/EP
Company
Independent
YOR
2021
Style
Black
9/17/2021 - Review by: David Loveless
Blackened Doom with dark ritualistic undertones
Self-described as Crypt Sludge, this Wisconsin-based one-man band summons the terror of Sunn O))) and adds layers of ritualistic demeanor to create a darkened, doom-charged nightmare.

With droning guitar riffs, blasphemous vocals and a serious incantation for eerie awareness, 'A Place Of Darkness' showcases two brilliant tracks of ominous proportions. The ceremonial production effort creates a bleak atmosphere on EP opener, "Angels With Filth Souls". Sinister chanting is backed by distorted but somber riffs that conjure a depth of blackness that penetrates the soul with damning results. The vokills are equipped with abhorrent reverberations, setting a dissonant tone that summons pure evil at will. "A Place Of Darkness" is a slow builder that wreaks havoc on the senses as the melancholic riffing delivers a dismal performance.

This EP is a great introduction to the band and will leave you wanting more, as heinous desperation for evil incantations fulfills an anxious void. This is top-level blackness that shouldn't be avoided.

Recommended for fans of: Sunn O))) and Cosmic Abyss
PERSONAL BREAKDOWN:

ENJOYMENT
5
MUSIC
5
VOCALS
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
ARTWORK
4
LYRICS
4


  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    4.5 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: IT IS DEAD
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
A Place Of Darkness
2021
Independent
David Loveless9/17/2021
4.5

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