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Abysmal Growls Of Despair : Eternal Lament (Reissue)

Massive, crushing and relentless: the re-release of AGoD's debut plus EP/split bonuses.

Abysmal Growls Of Despair is a solo-project from French artist Aimeric ‘Hangsvart’ Lerat. There never seems to a month that goes by where some form of work isn't released through this or his other projects - Catacombed, Plagueprayer, Arrant Saudade or Low Cave Sound! Abysmal Growls Of Despair's first album was 'Eternal Lament', which he released in 2013. This new version, which is released through Silent Time Noise Records, features a double CD with 9 songs on CD1 and 6 on CD2.

There are a lot of split compilations and EPs included on this version. The start of the CD1 starts with a rather depressing dark intro. There is nothing happy about it, and that sets forward what the rest of the album will be about. A lot of personal feelings have gone into this music, and the artist's most deepest darkest thoughts have raised themselves within this work.

There is nothing fast about this music, no sudden changes in tempo. Very deep guttural growls which just penetrate your ear drums. It's just pure misery and depression. Every single song just cascades into more misery. It's definitely like being in a deep dark cave which is enclosed with no light at all entering, and you know nothing you can do will change it.

I found this album disturbing and a discomfort that continuously played at my inner thoughts and mind. Three of the compositions on the first disc are taken from the 'Songs Of Deepest Skies' split with Germany’s The Cold View, which was released last year by Frozen Light. I had enjoyed this but it was still hard to listen to. I could not even pick a favourite track because of the lack of variety in each song. This is not a bad thing at all, because that is what he writes and composes. It's just so overwhelming that it overtakes you and, like I said, a few times I had to switch it off to take a breath and escape the suffocating grip this yields on the body and spirit.

Disc two opens with ‘Nothing More Humane’. This track alone is 17 minutes long, and I'm not even sure you would be ready to listen to the 2nd after that. Tracks 3-4 are from the digital EP 'Monde Agonisant' ('Monde Agonisant' and 'Always Disgusted'). These all follow in the same vein. Synths add some ambience to the music, but they are still dark in nature. The production overall is good and delivers on presenting a dark mysterious album, but I'm definitely having a break before listening to this again.

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Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
'Eternal Lament'
1. Intro
2. Eternal Lament
3. Silencing Ensemble
4. Nothing Remains
5. All These Wrong Things
6. Awful Dreams
'Songs Of Deepest Skies' Split
7. Purple Skies
8. Decay Of A Man
9. See The Night
'Nothing More Humane' EP
10. Nothing More Humane
'Ci - Gît' EP
11. Ci - Gît
'Monde Agonisant' EP
12. Monde Agonisant
13. Always Disgusted
'In Memoriam' Split
14. Nimis Sero
15. Quiet Moments

Duration : Approx. 135 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-08-22 by Riccardo Veronese
Aesthetic Death
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