Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Venenum - Trance of Death (2017)

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Venenum have been tiptoeing their way through the shadows, frolicking in the sepulchre and spending long moonless nights in the crypt apothecary writing their debut album which has taken them six years after releasing their putrid self-titled EP… Time well spent I guess.

Trance of Death is a masterclass in forward thinking death metal, taking the genre into pools only a small sample are already soaking in. Trance of Death dips and swells into progressive bridges that burrow through segues of psychedelic and subtle occult horror backdrops in a way that steers clear of the heard that before, even though you probably have, a la Occultation, Tribulation, Mitochondrion, Morbis Chron, etc.

I don't want to go on forever so I'll summate; Venenum have given man birth to a record that will see itself among the top of many lists this year, and it's likely earned. Laurels aside, it's worth your listen and then you can decide for yourself.

Listen to the song Trance of Death, Part I: Reflections. It will wrap everything up for you.

Venenum - Trance of Death (bandcamp)

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