Review Summary: We All Die (Laughing) rise from the ashes.
We All Die (Laughing) is a new entity from multi-instrumentalist DĂ©hĂ* (Maladie, C.O.A.G. etc) and Arno Strobl (6:33, Carnival In Coal) culminating into a world of depressive, soul-stretching doom inspired dark metal. Kaotoxin Records have been on a roll lately; Eye Of Solitude, Sidious, Nephren-Ka, Ad Patres â€“ the list goes on. For the last couple of years this humble little record label have backed some of extreme metalâ€™s better releases without losing sight of each projectâ€™s goal. In return, each group and artist is able to create, freely, what they perceive as their audio art. As Kaotoxin enter the New Year they unleash a new project backed by an immensely talented duo encapsulating the refined minimalistic sounds of doom and post rock while intertwining dark metal, slight grind to create something not-quite-unique but incredibly interesting all the same.
Despite having a background as diverse in the extreme metal industry, We All Die (Laughing) is actually quite sedate. As a result, Thoughtscanning
is incredibly accessible for fans across the board. Touching on smooth psychedelics, post rock, both minimalistic and crushing doom metal this single-tracked album carries the listener through waves of confusion, wonder and grief, giving life to this thirty-three minute opus. Having thirty-three minutes of unbroken music may seem daunting at first, but as the music progresses the track length becomes a mere afterthought allowing this dynamic metal duo to fully render Thoughtscanning
into a single tracked monolith that sees the album expand into itself. Subtle flaws emerge as genres mesh; at times the effect can be ultimately jarring when crossing over rather than the smooth concaves that they are meant to form seamlessly.
Overall, itâ€™s hard to imagine the likes of DĂ©hĂ* simply slipping away from metal quietly and despite tinkering with genres outside of traditional or extreme metal, the roots of the bandâ€™s sound stand firm. We All Die (Laughing) sees its debut launch, accessible and suitable for fans of the membersâ€™ other acts. As a whole, Thoughtscanning
sounds like itâ€™s still testing the waters, with room to develop or mature. For We All Die (Laughing) itâ€™s an excellent entry, marking the start of the year for this label a promising one.