Departe
Failure, Subside


3.5
great

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (209 Reviews)
December 8th, 2016 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Success, Intensify

Did you know that Australia is home to The Blue-Ringed Octopus, which is one of the most deadly marine creatures in the world with no anti-venom to combat its bite" Or perhaps that bats the size of foxes are a common sight in the country" Have you heard that there are10ft long pythons able to eat crocodiles, or that the bite of an Irukandji Jellyfish causes severe muscle pain and psychological trauma" Extending the list of Australia’s own nightmarish beasts is a new creature found in the picturesque landscape of Tasmania: Départe. Unsurprisingly, it’s as deadly as the aforementioned abominations.

Sighted in 2012, Départe remained a recluse creature that only decided to make their appearance known earlier this year. While their debut album, “Failure, Subside” is repulsive in aesthetics, it also possesses a paralysing post black metal toxin, and a defensive method of mellifluous manoeuvrability, allowing them to slither from one genre to the next, establishing Départe as one of those ‘difficult to categorise’ bands.

If one word could describe the feeling that “Failure, Subside” encapsulates, it would be 'torment'. All seven songs have a sense of hopelessness and anguish, and the way that Départe delivers these emotions isn’t one dimensional. The large majority of the album is bludgeoning blast beats and trembling tremolo that befits the black metal tag. With the amount of chilling drama and cacophonous noise that the band produces during ‘Vessel’, it almost sounds like a Fleshgod Apocalypse song. However, the slower, eerier moments of this album embodies the tormenting soundscapes as equally as the thundering black metal. This minimalistic approach surfaces predominately on ‘Wither’, where simplistic sound effects, like still winds and the crestfallen riffs, exemplify this feeling of isolation and vulnerability.

Another key feature to Départe’s debut album is the crescendos that the band crafts. In ‘Ashes In Bloom’, Départe lures their prey into a false sense of security by establishing a typical maelstrom of furious drumming and lumbering death metal riffs, then they toy with their supreme authority over the victim, lingering on Sam Dishington’s scathing growls to extends the agony. Then, just before breaking point, comes the execution… in the most unpredictable way possible. Soaring clean vocals erupt from the darkness, coupled with Mitch Golding’s towering tremolo and Michael Rankine’s insane drumming. Here, Départe produces one of the most compelling moments any black metal album this year has to offer.

It would be too kind to call “Failure, Subside” a special album. Nonetheless, it is full of special moments. Some songs could easily be trimmed and still maintain the intensity that Départe build. ‘Seas of Glass’ and ‘Mara’s Choir’ do set the bleak tone that surrounds the band but the ensuing songs would sound just as monstrous without these songs that seem solely dedicated to building atmosphere. It’s songs like ‘Greif Echoes (Golden Scars)’ that nail what Départe are all about: grasping the darkness and projecting it in a way that makes you feel isolated while numbing the ache with the slightest glimpses of hope.



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ComeToDaddy
December 8th 2016


1792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stoked this finally got a review, and a great one at that, pos'd hard. Wears its influences a bit proudly for me, but they do a damn good job of it at least. Catching them live early next year with Ulcerate / Gorguts / MGLA which should be sweet

CaptainDooRight
December 8th 2016


2722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos



Looks like something I should check

Digging: Maestus - Deliquesce

Evok
December 9th 2016


7671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review. YOU DIDNT MENTION ULCERATE EVEN ONCE, DAMN!



I really see a lot of potential in this band.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2016


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Catching them live early next year with Ulcerate / Gorguts / MGLA which should be sweet"



syd or melbs?



My love for this record is borderline obnoxious

ComeToDaddy
December 10th 2016


1792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Syd, disgustingly good value for the lineup

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2016


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thought the poster was parody first time the lineup aired. Sick, look out for a brown kid with a scruffy fro.

teamster
December 10th 2016


3892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy fuck is this heavy. "Good God" "Yes, that's just what the Hebrews thought."

That first paragraph is tits.

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Evok
December 12th 2016


7671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this rules. Kind of band i can see dropping a classic joint at some point down the road.

DarkNoctus
December 14th 2016


10735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

man, i'm loving this, love the occasional clean vocal flourishes, such a great contrast

Digging: Mustan Kuun Lapset - Valo

Evok
December 21st 2016


7671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this band is going places.

teamster
December 22nd 2016


3892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How about my two favorite "blackened post death" (I made that up) albums are from Australia and New Zealand. Coincidence? Doubt it.

Glegg
December 23rd 2016


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Magnificent Psyche-Post-Black awesomeness. Whatever it's called, it's heavy and kicks ass.

necropig
December 26th 2016


5151 Comments


This seems sweet so far

Digging: Gomorrah (CAN) - Gomorrah

teamster
December 28th 2016


3892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is AOTY material folks. I ain't kiddin'.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2016


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is AOTY

calmrose
January 7th 2017


4608 Comments


damn, how did I miss this last year?

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StarlessCore
January 7th 2017


5957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I could not get into this which is a sad cause it's my kind of thing stylistically

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teamster
January 7th 2017


3892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Core - give it a few more spins. Wither is the best song on the album.

Maco097
January 7th 2017


2996 Comments


I bet this will be better than last Ulcerate.

DarkNoctus
January 7th 2017


10735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it is



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