Inverloch
Distance | Collapsed


4.2
excellent

Review

by Pon EMERITUS
March 3rd, 2016 | 96 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Grinds your severed head into the dirt.

As nuanced as it is devastating and as poignant as it is malevolent, Inverloch’s long-awaited debut full-length is the embodiment of what death-doom should sound like in 2016. Distance | Collapsed is sonically-modern, but it eschews the banalities that often come with such a tag; it’s a textbook example of what can be done utilising today’s recording techniques with the slightest bit of tact. Though feeling rather opulent as opposed to cavernous, the production is absolutely stellar, allowing every snare hit, bass kick, note and chord to bellow with the force of a tectonic plate shifting. The album’s sheer massiveness defies belief given that it comes at no compromise to fidelity or dynamics, even rivalling the crankability of extreme metal’s partisans from the early ‘90s – a far cry from what we’ve come to expect from Relapse Records today.

Aesthetics aren’t the only department in which Distance | Collapsed puts the competition to shame, however. The eponymous opener is an unpredictable behemoth that tosses you around like a rag doll, peaking in terms of malice around halfway through. Suffocation-esque chugging is interposed between land-levelling doom and a fusillade of tremolo riffs, no sequence baring much resemblance to the others but each fitting the progression of the song nonetheless. No doubt, Inverloch’s ability to take a handful of irreconcilable ideas and form something cogent out of them counts for a lot, but they’re just as adept when at their most orthodox. Clocking in at just over six minutes, “Lucid Delirium” is the shortest and most customary track on here, but you’d be hard pressed to separate it and the aforementioned title-track as far as effectiveness is concerned. Its linearity exacerbates the bludgeoning nature; with only a small ceasefire in the middle, the song just grinds your severed head into the dirt.

Distance | Collapsed isn’t all hellfire and brimstone, though. There is a tendency to drift into the realm of funeral doom, much like the proto-Inverlochians of diSEMBOWELMENT. “The Empyrean Torment” lapses into a pit of despair at certain points, but quickly resumes business as usual in pummelling the listener to a pulp. “Cataclysm of Lacuna” is slower but one in the same, except doing an even better job in highlighting the throaty vocals and the crystal clarity of the cymbal work. However, “From the Eventide Pool” is the aural quintessence of suffering, wallowing in unadulterated dejection and on the fringes of an existential crisis. Reverberant keys act as rays of sunlight through closed blinds, but the ever-present fog of misery candidly suppresses any hope of resolve. Even the miniscule – though still very deliberate – fluxes in the timing of pick strokes add a palpable touch of human frailty, causing the song to slog in way that emphasises the feeling of lowliness as opposed to inducing boredom.

No matter their means, Inverloch leave behind a trail of ruin as if it’s second nature. Like the indomitable forces of Mother Earth, any attempt to curtail the damage seems futile once things are set to motion. I suppose this is to be expected given the members’ heritage, but the fact remains that it is difficult to really brace yourself for the assault that is Distance | Collapsed.




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Pon
Emeritus
March 3rd 2016


5979 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally got this done, sorry to Jesterhead for the poor timing :/



Either way, album fucking rules.

oltnabrick
March 3rd 2016


40621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just downloaded this.





Pretty sure this will be great

Pon
Emeritus
March 3rd 2016


5979 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it's awesome, let me know what you think.

Space Jester
March 3rd 2016


10979 Comments


I should've known haha

Review rules, as does the album. I've been listening to it non-stop since last week.

Spacesh1p
March 3rd 2016


7716 Comments


Sweet, excited to jam this. Will read later but the score has me hyped.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2016


10697 Comments


Heard first two tracks, this is rotten af.

Good review.

Album stream: http://inverloch.bandcamp.com/album/distance-collapsed


Edit:
I also like the natural sound of the album, the sound of drums in particular.

lalchimiste
March 3rd 2016


1131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know it's not as recent but the latest Obliteration or Colored Sands are probably my favourite drum sounds of late.



From the single I heard from this, it makes you wonder why not all modern metal don't tread the same path in producing dynamic records

lalchimiste
March 3rd 2016


1131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You definitely picked my curiosity and have to jam full album Jac

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
March 3rd 2016


11558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gunna check dis shit

Hawks
March 3rd 2016


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review slays, album slays.

Space Jester
March 3rd 2016


10979 Comments


I was disappointed with how quickly it ended when I first listened but it feels more perfect every time I spin it.

slikphuk
March 4th 2016


615 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds like it would be right up my alley, awesome review!

oltnabrick
March 4th 2016


40621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is great

ramon.
March 4th 2016


4180 Comments


Awesome review! Was a huge dISEMBOWELMENT fan so it's great to see a similar sound with newer touch-ups. And lalchimiste, totally with you on Obliteration and Gorguts. Colored Sands has an incredible drum sound.

TheBarber
March 4th 2016


4130 Comments


album kicks all sorts of craniums

DarkNoctus
March 4th 2016


12198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a perfect example of how modern metal should be produced



it helps that the music itself rules too

Gwyn.
March 4th 2016


17271 Comments


Super stoked to check this out

Spacesh1p
March 4th 2016


7716 Comments


Just arrived at my local record store apparently, might pick it up tonight depending on the price.

Spacesh1p
March 5th 2016


7716 Comments


Ended up buying, drums and guitars sound veeery good on this. They sound distinct without feeling too separated. Kick drum work is awesome as well.

Inveigh
March 5th 2016


26873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review Jaq, got my copy in the mail last week and it gets better with every listen. might have to 4.5 this bitch soon. i'm actually surprised they were able to match the quality of the debut EP over the course of a full-length. tall task, but they were up to it. shouldn't have expected less from the masterminds behind TitP



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