Review: EREMIT “Desert of Ghouls” [Transcending Obscurity Records]

Review: EREMIT “Desert of Ghouls” [Transcending Obscurity Records]

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Molasses slow sludge and classical psychedelia come together to form a dense metallic sound that Eremit call Desert of Ghouls. A hypnotic swirl of brutally churning riffs and ethereal ambience that will captivate listeners and keep them coming back for more.

The two tracks presented here over the course of the album’s twenty-one minutes conjure up visions of doom, with their slow paced repetitive grooves drawing the listener in with somniferous hooks dug deep into the listener’s soul. A dense cacophony of blackened atmospheres entrapping all those unfortunate to hear and filling their lungs as they struggle to breathe.

We start things off with the entrancing repetitions of Beheading the Innumerous. Heavy riffing rains down as the powerful beats crash around them. Feeling more like an incantation than a song, this one swirls around as the vocals chant their infernal spell, the music conjuring creatures of unimaginable horror to dance to it’s incessant grooves. Variations are minimal and easy to miss, with the song closing in a different place then it started and the listener having no idea how they got to where they ended up. It is in these surreal moments that Eremit shine as titans in the world of atmospheric metal.

City of Râsh-il-nûm comes next with a sprawling twelve minutes bearing the fruits of several different genres. We begin with a lengthy section reminiscent of Pink Floyd‘s Ummagumma era psychedelic jams. Notes float through the atmosphere like an ominous snow storm, a sense of danger hanging in the air but obscured by the lightness surrounding the listener. The track eventually exploded into a chaotic assault of doom riffing and more hypnotic witchcraft. The brutal power being exuded by this later section is perfectly matched to the ethereal ambience of the beginning.

Eremit dish out some outstandingly brutal doom on Desert of Ghouls. With thick psychedelic atmospheres punctuated by heavy and deliberate noise, this is a full spectrum release. I would have loved to see more material here, but I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this act. Hopefully we’ll get a little extra sooner rather than later, but until then, I’ll be waiting.

Release date: July 17th, 2020

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