Terra Tenebrosa
The Tunnels


3.5
great

Review

by JizzInMyPants USER (5 Reviews)
September 16th, 2012 | 11 replies | 2,984 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brings the likes of early Neurosis, Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord in mind.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Rising from the ashes of atmospheric post-hardcore band, Breach, comes a slower, demented variant of the band, Terra Tenebrosa. The Tunnels can be explained as a mix of tribal drumming, drone, slow sludgy riffs, and melodies that brings the likes of early Neurosis, Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord in mind. In fact, if you prefer the more melodious side of either of the bands I just mentioned, then this band has you in mind. In between the menacing, muffled vocals and the dirty chunky bass, this album has no hope; it is just one slow, directionless schizophrenic nightmare. Putting on this album in the right mood would have you envisioning your own visit to Silent Hill.

The longest track of the entire album comes in the form of the 10 minute “The Mourning Stars” which will remind all who listens to this of “Procession of the Dead Clowns” by Blut Aus Nord. It features of repeating melodies and riffs that gradually builds up noise and distortion that leads to an oncoming climax that never materializes. It just leaves you sitting there with a heighten sense of awareness to be introduced to the winding riffs of “The Arc Of Descent”, which along with “Probing The Abyss” is the most in your face songs on the album. Another highlight of the album is the 5 minute “Through The Eyes Of The Maninkari” which summarizes the entire album with towering walls of dirty distortion and menacing melodic leads to twisting, phasing in and out harmonies. This album is not about the climaxes, there is little to no direction on this album, it exists only to disturb you.

The negatives of this album have to be some of the more boring negative space this album has, such as in some moments of “The Teranbos Prayer” and the closer “The Tunnels”. As a whole the album doesn’t have many ideas, it just takes a few ideas and executes them very good. So while listening to certain parts of songs on the album you get a bit of Déj* vu. But all in all, if you are a fan of disturbing music, this is a welcome addition to your collection.


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JizzInMyPants
September 15th 2012



2369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Through The Eyes Of The Maninkari: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fByhgVhmK0

AlecBaldwin
September 16th 2012



147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good record.

Ignimbrite
December 26th 2012



5325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

needs more attention

Acrosstheshield13
December 27th 2012



791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome review. def. needs more attention.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 30th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the voice samples are so stupid. kind of distracting

JizzInMyPants
January 31st 2013



2369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow sadistik and now this you stalking me

I thought the voices added to the claustrophobic-ness of the album

JizzInMyPants
February 28th 2013



2369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ending to the title track on their newest release(the purging) is fucking ballin

LeviofDoom
October 8th 2013



326 Comments


Can somebody recommend other stuff as dark and atmospheric as this??? I'm not a huge fan of most doom/death metal, but looking for sludgier avant-garde stuff.

JizzInMyPants
October 9th 2013



2369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dir En Grey and others listed on recommendations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrbrYSb8cs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dd9chwW0Hw

LeviofDoom
October 9th 2013



326 Comments


I listened to a bit of all of them, and I own lots of Dir En Grey stuff, but none of it quite captures the same atmosphere created by this band. Maybe something a bit more melodic? Anything else come to your mind?

JizzInMyPants
October 9th 2013



2369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe evoken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLQ8yU8Nb1Y

this band pretty much took a specific sound of Deathspell omega and expanded on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XISWKO-xQM

don't know any others



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