From the opening minutes of Rotten Human Kingdom, Subterraen hook listeners with their unique brand of depressive psychedelia. A hypnotic blend of crunch and atmosphere fills the air, creating an aura that is difficult to escape from. Sludge fans be on the lookout, this has album of the year potential.
From slow funeral dirges, to viciously aggressive passages, to light hearted melodic interludes, Subterraen cover all the bases here. Rotten Human Kingdom is a blend of negative emotions conjured together to take listeners on a journey through the darkest reaches of the mind.
Guitar work on the album is interesting, with a sound that is at once dense and unforgiving, but also airy and spacious. It sets a mood right out of the gate. It is an all or nothing approach, and it works splendidly. Vocal delivery is impeccable, utilizing a woeful demonic wail that conveys pain and dread effortlessly. Drums are perfectly static for the funeral doom genre, yet never fall lost into the background. They are technical enough to keep the listener’s attention, while making sure to serve their purpose dutifully.
Subterraen absolutely kill it on Rotten Human Kingdom. It is a perfectly executed take on the darkness that threatens to overcome the world these days. Like an exorcism, this album throws everything out there, purging the soul. It cannot come recommended highly enough. Give it a listen.
Release date: November 20th, 2020
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