Thantifaxath
Void Masquerading as Matter


4.0
excellent

Review

by ChoccyPhilly USER (14 Reviews)
November 26th, 2017 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Progression.

’Sacred White Noise’, Canadian black metal outfit Thantifaxath’s previous effort, was a complete package. It was a terrifying and poignant journey into their dissonant, otherworldly dimension, tightly encompassed in a mere six tracks, filled with fantastic instrumentation and hauntingly emotive vocal screeches. Having progressed so much from their self-titled EP, it truly did feel at times that Thantifaxath had outdone themselves and crafted a pinnacle to their sound. So what next" How does one follow up on this" How exactly does one progress from this point" Simply put, more appears to be their answer in the form of 'Void Masquerading as Matter' and more of everything is the game.

The most outstanding addition is the embracing of their progressive tendencies. Though in the past, progressiveness was exhibited through quieter passages and drones, now they come face on in every aspect of the music. This is demonstrated from insanely unpredictable and disorientating guitar patterns on the opener, ’Ocean of Screaming Spheres’ to the ever-shifting tones of ’Self Devouring-Womb’. It’s a thoroughly welcome change as it adds a new, more complex layer to the music, making their sound increasingly chaotic and confusing. That being said, other qualities have undoubtedly progressed as well. Their signature dissonant riffs are a prime example, which are more plentiful and expanded upon to illustrate a fiendish eeriness. In addition to this, the ever-present quiet interludes have much greater sonic variety in contrast to their previous efforts, utilising uncanny piano melodies, distant electronics and abrasive strings. All these are exemplified in ’Cursed Numbers’, an unequivocally unsettling track, with odd time signatures and an astounding main riff, which ascends in certain parts and descends in others.

However, progress is not uniform and one critical area of regression unfortunately does prevent ’Void Masquerading as Matter’ from standing well above the material that came before it. A distinguishing feature Thantifaxath possessed is their unique production, which did well to highlight the sharpness of the guitars and vocals, leaving room for basslines to shine yet still allow the creation of a holistic atmosphere. This perhaps, is the most disappointing, as production found here leaves the whole EP feeling much more one dimensional in its atmosphere and almost completely sequesters any bass from being heard. Furthermore, guitar leads and vocals aren’t in any level as piercing as they once previously were, which ultimately detracts from the overall experience.

Nonetheless, progress is widespread and ingrained throughout the music within this EP, be it in the form of genre or sound. What Thantifaxath clearly set out to achieve was a grander, more cacophonous version of their already twisted atmosphere and in many regards, they have achieved exactly that. If the measure of progress is the development towards a more advanced state, then one would be hard-pressed to not believe that Thantifaxath have undeniably progressed deeper into their already exceptional craft.



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ChoccyPhilly
November 26th 2017


11796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whatup, it's ya boy with a review for the first time in like two years. But go listen to this, it's good.



https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/void-masquerading-as-matter



Tried a slightly different style of review this time, so feedback would be great, especially considering I havent done any writing for like a year.

ChoccyPhilly
November 26th 2017


11796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, for some reason, the question marks for the rhetorical questions in paragraph one don't show up and are instead ". Yeah, if someone can point me on how to fix that, I'd be ever grateful

BallsToTheWall
November 26th 2017


49497 Comments


I'm too lazy to try and give you any grammatical feedback but this sounds cool man. I'll check it out.

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deezer666
November 26th 2017


3974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review man. I love this band so much and this new one is , as you say , more the same which im totally down with. The last track is a bit of waste when youve waited 3 years but whatever.

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RivalSkoomaDealer
November 26th 2017


1627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awww shiiiit new Thantifaxath just in time for the holiday season

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Essence
November 26th 2017


6265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

there is absolutely no way i won't love this, diving into the whole album now

deezer666
November 26th 2017


3974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its not an album

Evok
November 26th 2017


7671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As a whole I still like Sacred White Noise a little more than this, but when this EP hits it hits hard af. Great review have pos!

Essence
November 26th 2017


6265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i super don't care about your need for me to refer to this album semantically correctly

Evok
November 26th 2017


7671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"i super don't care about your need for me to refer to this a̶l̶b̶u̶m̶ EP semantically correctly"

deezer666
November 26th 2017


3974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It doesnt matter what you care about its still an EP. nothing to do with semantics.

Essence
November 26th 2017


6265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its a dope album

deezer666
November 26th 2017


3974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its a great Altar of plagues record.

I dont care about peoples need for me to refer to the band correctly.

Essence
November 26th 2017


6265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol you care about this way too much

50iL
November 26th 2017


5016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good band. Very good band.

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ComeToDaddy
November 26th 2017


1793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yoooo it's been forever choccy, stoked to see a review (and a great one at that). Can't wait to check this out

Space Jester
November 26th 2017


5898 Comments


Dang didn’t even know about this, checking

Darius the Great
November 26th 2017


19916 Comments


Is this band like Deathspell or anything like that?

deezer666
November 26th 2017


3974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No.

Darius the Great
November 26th 2017


19916 Comments


What's the closest amalgamation to what they sound like?



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