Vasaeleth
All Uproarious Darkness


4.0
excellent

Review

by lootbrute1 USER (4 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2014 | 9 replies


Release Date: 08/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pulverizing and lean, Vasaeleth's debut EP for Profound Lore Records is merely a glimpse at what is to come from two of the Bible belt's most brutal sons

If one were to rank the most awkward nouns one could possibly endorse it is an assured bet that "Satanism", "Skinhead" and "Propoganda" would not be far from the top of the list. Which, of course, makes these nouns a perfect combination for an extreme metal record output looking to obliterate audiences queasy of anything lacking a safety word for the aural BDSM that metal music should deliver. So in 2009 when two Bible belt natives calling themselves Vasaeleth released their debut "mission statement" titled "Demo MMIX" through Satanic Skinhead Propoganda, the underground extreme music scene fastidiously took notice, a focus further refined when the duo (consisting of string strangler and vocalist O.A. and skin pounder Antinom) signed to Profound Lore records and released their vilifying debut "Crypt Born and Tethered to Ruin" in 2010. The record vomited hate and spewed black energy, and their audience quickly and enthusiastically spread the word. Further adding to the growing interest was the mysterious name of the band itself, as well as the remarkable collaborative spirit of the musicians who do not even live in the same state crafting music so well-rehearsed and effective. Personally, the only collaboration I can begin to compare it to is that of Hip-Hop producers J. Dilla and Madlib under the name of Jaylib. Though musically very different, the projects share the identity of an artistic melding of two musicians separated more by geography than creative projectory.

For three years Vasaeleth fans waited for the group's next release, a release which would prove to be both incendiary and foreboding. "All Uproarious Darkness" is an excellent example of an EP which can hold its own against any album (i.e. Revocation's "Teratogenesis"). In fact, its brevity is undoubtedly a strength. At a lean five tracks, all bull$h!t is shoved aside in favor of noisefist facef#*^ing. The title track, in particular, is an all-out assault of blast beats, "Reek of Putrefecation" style throat mangling and Mortician-playing-black metal guitars. "Paradise Reconsecrated" has one of the most remarkable breakdowns I have ever heard in my life. The track oscillates between black metal blast and death metal trudge more masterfully than I can accurately articulate, particularly in the break down, which goes from galloping head bang tempo into black metal skittering, then slowing down to a doomy sludge, complete with a howling guitar yelp that represents everything solid about Vasaeleth's approach to heavy music. "Fathomless Wells of Ruin" sounds pretty exhausting to play for Antinom, its blast beats are ferociously fast (and not digitally fabricated…take that, technical death core bands!). Hell, it's almost like Buddy Rich playing Ulver. Plus, much like the previous track, the break down truly exemplifies O.A.'s brilliance as a guitarist. It is at once beautiful, merciless and creative.

Side two continues in the vein of side one. "Black Curse Upheld", much like the titular track, begins as an exercise in blast beats, then sharply transitions into a brief breakdown before assailing the listener with more satanic shrapnel. The song continues to gallop and trudge until its second breakdown, a molasses thick drip of dirty strings and, surprisingly, Bill Stevenson-on-side two of "My War"-style tribal simplicity (though to be fair Antinom does pick up the pace rhythm-wise toward the end of the track). "Throat of the Grey Watcher" then continues in this direction, with one exception. Unlike the previous tracks, "Throat" starts minus blast, pounding its way into a frenzy until all of the elements that make the EP so effective coalesce into organized chaos . Furthermore, more than any other song on the EP, there are multiple musical passages compressed in the small span of the song, an oroboros which eventually returns to the beginning's musical elements. From there the song then re-enters the slowly swirling maelstrom of doomy black death that Vasaeleth so effectively embody, closing on a breathtakingly heavy bad vibe. All in all, this EP shows merely a glimpse of what Vasaeleth have in store for us. Though brilliant, the release is merely a taste of what is to come on their next release, a release I am highly anticipating. Plus, the album cover is f#$^ing bad@$$…really f#$^ing bad@$$.


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Wizard
March 22nd 2014


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Vasaeleth's debut EP is merely a glimpse at what is to come from two of the Bible belt's most brutal sons

This isn't their debut and Profound Lore has this listed as a full length.

"All Uprorious Darkness" is an excellent example of an EP which can hold its own against any album (i.e. Revocation's "Teratogenesis").

Really, really bad comparison. Also, what the spelling in 'Uproarious'.

Plus, the album cover is f#$^ing bad@$$…really f#$^ing bad@$$.

What?

Also, italicize album names instead of "album title". Save the apostrophes for song titles.

Good review content wise. I think Crypt Born and Tethered to Ruin is their high point so far.

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lootbrute1
March 22nd 2014


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the heads up, Wizard! I meant for Profound Lore Records! As for the comparison, it wasn't intended to be in terms of musical style, just in that (like say, Poison Idea's "Pick Your King") I feel it is an EP that has the WEIGHT of an album. I really like the album cover is what I meant by that last line. IMO album art is as important as the music. Thanks for your feedback Wizard! It is much appreciated!!!

Wizard
March 22nd 2014


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

No problem dude! I would just change some of that album info and make your point clearer. Also, maybe summarize the album art with a bit more intelligence rather than something yanked off Twitter.

Edit: never mind I see you changed that. And you can keep this as an EP since the running time is like half an albums worth. Already voted too. Nice to see this get some attention.

Album art is really important to myself as well.

Inveigh
March 22nd 2014


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is a killer record, but I'm with Wiz in that I think Tethered is still their best release thus far

lootbrute1
March 22nd 2014


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't get me wrong, I adore Tethered, I just like where their music is headed!

ffs
March 23rd 2014


4878 Comments


this band is cool i need to get this

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2014


14449 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tried to review this but my brain wasn't cooperating but now I'm happy because I can bump this sweet record but yeah tethered >

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ShadowRemains
March 23rd 2014


20842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agree with everyone else here that tethered is better, although this is plenty consistent

Adabelle
March 23rd 2014


4257 Comments


this band is cool i need to get this [2]



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