Wreck Of The Hesperus
Light Rotting Out


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
August 31st, 2011 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Dublin based Wreck of the Hesperus seem to be in no short supply of foulness in their dank dwellings, allowing them to follow up their debut album The Sunken Threshold with another three track dirge of filthiness. Light Rotting Out does not stray far from the band's original template of lumbering funeral doom with touches of black metal, but that is in no way a complaint.

The record opens with 'Kill Monument' and immediately sets the scene with the band's stop-start method of execution, bass-heavy, almost sludge-esque riffing and frenetic drumwork. There is a coating of grime and dirt all over Wreck of the Hesperus' music, the throaty shrieks not inhibiting this facet of atmosphere whatsoever. All of the elements herein unite to form a very aesthetically unpleasant experience, set inside the bounds of a well-structured and compositionally innovative funeral doom template.

Rather than falling into the trappings of the genre's stagnant and shapeless melodrama, Wreck of the Hesperus continue to explore well established themes with a different musical perspective. This does not sound like any typical funeral doom album, it's no where near death/doom or sludge doom and it certainly does not bear any resemblance to the horrid black/doom hybrids that crop up every now and then. Welsh group Ghast perhaps share some common elements with Wreck of the Hesperus, mainly in the tasteful inclusion of black metal tenets, but the similarities are not significant enough to continue speculation.

The Sunken Threshold achieved what it was trying to do, and with Light Rotting Out Wreck of the Hesperus manage to deliver more of the same goodness without overusing their style. It simply builds upon the debut's foundation, creating a stronger atmosphere and pulling the listener further in. The record has so far gone quite unnoticed (much like the debut), but fans of doom metal in general would do well to allow Wreck of the Hesperus into their listening space.



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rasputin
August 31st 2011


14550 Comments


about time i reviewed some doom

Ovrot
August 31st 2011


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

doom

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rasputin
August 31st 2011


14550 Comments


where

Ovrot
August 31st 2011


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

under there

rasputin
August 31st 2011


14550 Comments


oh ok

Ovrot
August 31st 2011


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so should i download it?

rasputin
August 31st 2011


14550 Comments


it's pretty cool, you might like it

Ovrot
August 31st 2011


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok then
i'll get to right now

Ovrot
August 31st 2011


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not bad

Wizard
August 31st 2011


19524 Comments


Saw this on your 2011 list and I still need to give this a listen.

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rasputin
August 31st 2011


14550 Comments


yeah you would def like this karl. did you ever hear their first album?

Wizard
August 31st 2011


19524 Comments


No but I will probably dl both. That Leucosis band you had on your 2011 is fucking amazing btw.

BallsToTheWall
August 31st 2011


44644 Comments


123 on Leucosis. Might check this out although I've been having trouble lately with focusing on longer songs.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011


16137 Comments


Sounds good. Gon' check it out.

Wizard
August 31st 2011


19524 Comments


This is good, really good.

rasputin
August 31st 2011


14550 Comments


yeah that leucosis album is one of my favs of the year. would not have known about it at all but they sent me their album and i was like WUT A GOOD SUBMISSION



Ovrot
September 15th 2011


10510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is wonderful



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