Stomach Earth
Stomach Earth


4.5
superb

Review

by Jade Becker USER (5 Reviews)
December 14th, 2013 | 10 replies | 3,959 views


Release Date: 07/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stomach Earth is a harrowing journey - one that should be taken.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Most musical genres aim to form a temporal reality in which the listener can escape the harsh and unforgiving realities often experienced. These, understandably, are enjoyed by the vast majority of the population, who are reluctant to face the disorientation that accompanies the acceptance of global and personal suffering.

Unfortunately, this innocent naiveté is contradictory to the broken world in which we live. While there is a time for this narrow contentedness, to reach a level of legitimate maturity, it is also necessary to face the pain and sorrow that plagues the world. Paul Ricoeur, an acclaimed French philosopher, calls this essential development "Critical Distance".

Stomach Earth superbly captivates this metaphysical approach, prompting the listener to meditate on these excruciating truths. The album feels raw, and unforgiving.

Void Angel Ritual opens the record, establishing a thick atmosphere of grief. A deeply human grief. Mckenzie's tortured growls suggest a desperate and helpless state, devoid of emotion and yet powerfully ardent. In spite of the fact that his screams are unintelligible, his delivery is flawless; it builds perfectly upon the apocalyptic landscape of each track.

Gunface's musicianship is also impressive. The tone of the guitars is exemplary - raw, concussive and slow. While the album remains fairly slow, the instrumentation is engaging and dramatic, fascinating and beautiful in its ability to induce sorrow and reflection in the listener. The drums are also very fitting with the general atmosphere, though I would have appreciated additional variations and musical complexities that might bring me to return to this bewitching journey through the despondency of the broken human spirit.

Doom metal is generally a very intriguing form of expression because of its melodic and bluesy influences. Likewise, in the face of the album's unrelenting sludge, Mckenzie is able to integrate some very fluid and appropriate melodies that brilliantly contrast the aggressive blackness that pervades each track.

Stomach Earth is a phenomenal release that is worth experiencing. It is a paragon of the sorrowful reality that Earth has become. Listen to this in moderation, remembering that there is a time to embrace everything. Pain is real. Hope is real.

Listen and reflect.


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SadAndHolyGlow
December 15th 2013



1516 Comments


Dang this is a good review. I gotta check this out even though I'm not HUGE into doom.

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TheRemnant
December 15th 2013



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you friend. I was taken aback by this album.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2013



6006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review, pos.

The album is awesome, indeed.



Edit:

album stream - http://stomachearth.bandcamp.com/

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TheRemnant
February 17th 2014



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, it's great. It's unfortunate there are so few ratings, though. Gunface should get some recognition for this.

thelastsignal
March 14th 2014



1315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, pos'd. Will check this soon.

PortalofPerfection
March 22nd 2014



382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

People will probably disagree with me but this sounds a lot like Ahab, not that that's a bad
thing.

Excellent review man. Atmosphere feels a bit forced, but it's solid, need more listens.

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LordePots
March 22nd 2014



6533 Comments


band name intrigues me enough to blindly listen to this however i dont really like much funeral doom, a lot of it is just too gloomy and lacking in character. so im on the fence here

thelastsignal
March 23rd 2014



1315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The atmosphere can be oppressive at times, but I really enjoyed this one.

PortalofPerfection
March 25th 2014



382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's tough with the whole atmosphere thing, musical taste in general is subjective enough but whether or not a particular album's atmosphere appeals to the listener, or really "works" is damn near impossible!e to judge one way or the other.

My dig (Darkflight), and stuff like Nhor, Gris, and Enshine work and appeal for/to me. This kinda doesn't...

thelastsignal
July 7th 2014



1315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is soooo good. I love the vocals.



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