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Wreck of the Hesperus : The Sunken Treshold

While I discern many similarities with label mates Stumm, I can't help finding this band much more interesting. I have been following them for a while now after listening to their outstanding demo 'Terminal Dirge' and quite honestly, I was at first disappointed with the lack of majestic atmospheric elements like in the last track of that demo, which featured infernal choirs and chilling pipe organs along with weird bass sections and epic drum solos.

I am still somehow missing these parts; however 'The Sunken Threshold' has managed to grow on me, burning its own, unique image of horror in my brain. Yes, the music is ultraslow, concrete-heavy and uncompromisingly nihilistic. However, the difference from bands like Stumm or Moss lies in the quite unique use of subtleties such as bizarre slap bass, hyperkinetic drums and strategically placed samples. The whole manages to breathe an atmosphere of genuine evil and limitless hate, making it one of the most extreme and uncompromising releases of 2006.

From a label that has released the first two Esoteric albums one expects nothing less than releases that set new standards of sonic extremism and that's exactly what Wreck of the Hesperus do. If you like your doom raw, evil and nihilistic, then this band will be something for you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Stop the Black Coffins
2. Grave Signal
3. The Osseous Tomb (Echoes of Winter)

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes.

Visit the Wreck of the Hesperus bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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