Tomb Mold
Manor of Infinite Forms


3.8
excellent

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
June 14th, 2018 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rotted hymnals of death.

The reason for Tomb Mold's meteoric rise through the echelons of death metal should be self-evident: their blend of cross-continental influences is one we've heard before, but is too tough to pull off for minnows. That's it. All too often, the blurring of lines has given us disjointed mishmashes or dull, grey pastes in which subtleties are completely diluted and obscured. Tomb Mold buck this trend big time on Manor of Infinite Forms, with nods to a litany of the genre's greats, an absence of clashing ideas, as well as nuance and flair aplenty.

Ditching the more metallic, razor-sharp aesthetic of their debut, Tomb Mold have opted for something more organic, almost pustular, this time around – something that churns and festers, horrifying one with its presence rather than going straight for the jugular. The guitar lines seem to writhe as axemen Payson and Derrick tremolo pick their way though the sonic ooze, desperate not to be crushed under the weight of Max Klebanoff's banzai drumming. These high-octane moments do suffer a tad by way of the copious levels of compression, but Tomb Mold's magic becomes apparent once the drums peel back and allow the riffs to flourish. This isn't to say the violence of the debut has been supplanted, because Manor of Infinite Forms at its most frenetic is more than a match for its predecessor. There is simply more deliberation in how things progress, reprise and remodel themselves as songs go on now.

Some of the transitional pieces, a la “Final Struggle of Selves”, have a hint of Scream Bloody Gore and Severed Survival to them, striking an illusive balance between catchy, syncopated grooves and that early pursuit of extremity. Dissonant intervals in the vein of Adramelech's early work are also plentiful, but aren't omnipresent; the subtlety of their usage contributes to their own potency. The potential tumult is kept on course by riffs with flayed edges, as opposed to being derailed time and time again by phrases desperately trying to evade their tonal centres. Indecipherable though they may be, Max's guttural vocals act as a binding agent in much the same way that John McEntee's mutterings complete Incantation's post-Pillard releases: vital, though nothing spectacular in isolation.

Ultimately, the ace in Tomb Mold's sleeve is song-writing – the method behind the madness. Among the more measured cuts on Manor of Infinite Forms are the opening title-track and “Abysswalker”, both of which hinge on melodic and easy-to-recall motifs that change their form and function as everything else wreaks havoc around them. On the other hand, “Gored Embrace” and “Chamber of Sacred Ootheca” are more in line with what you'd expect: relentless, irregular and bludgeoning, but as far as the tracks that built up to them are concerned, similarly cohesive. The band manages to mix up their rate of attack without giving the listener any impression of a ceasefire. “Blood Mirror” and “Two World Become One” – the two longest songs – collectively charge forward for fifteen minutes, with tempo changes and midway “breathers” doing little else but to prime you for the final assault.

Manor of Infinite Forms is rather cosmopolitan in its spiritual origins, mixing the fervour of pre-Gothenburg Swedeath, New York's idiosyncratic machismo, the early Floridian greats' deft sense of groove and the otherworldly, angular melodies of the Finns. Yet despite its convoluted lineage, Manor of Infinite Forms is, as an entity, anything but. It takes every influence passed down to it, no matter how minor, and works them into its own peculiar and somewhat terrifying gait – origins decipherable upon inspection, but altogether inimitable.




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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2018


2622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

do czech frens



birb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seTn3jADkdE

Piglet
June 14th 2018


7725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yesss jaq, this is a very good and necessary review m/

dbizzles
June 14th 2018


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yes. Your review is spot on. This keeps growing on me, too. Very promising band. I feel like you hit the nail on the head with this:



'Ditching the more metallic, razor-sharp aesthetic of their debut, Tomb Mold have opted for something more organic, almost pustular, this time around – something that churns and festers, horrifying one with its presence rather than going straight for the jugular.'



I listened to both of LPs for the first time back-to-back and Primordial Malignity was more immediate for me initially. I feel like I'd be lying I'd I said they didn't step up everything as a whole here though.



This is the best DM I've heard from 2018 with Of Feather and Bone close behind.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 14th 2018


23630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Of Feather and Bone ruled





but do you mean 2018?

kris.
June 14th 2018


15007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This is the best DM I've heard from 2017 with Of Feather and Bone close behind."



uhhhhhhh



but yeah this rips

kris.
June 14th 2018


15007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

get his ass

necropig
June 14th 2018


4019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking forward to this m/

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dbizzles
June 14th 2018


11600 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck you guys- I don't know what you're talking about. Don't misquote me.

DungeonBoy
June 14th 2018


4189 Comments


Listened to 30 seconds of Manor Of Infinite Forms, commenting to check in full.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2018


2622 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you in for a treat

TheNotrap
June 14th 2018


8931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to check this cavern

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zaruyache
June 14th 2018


19034 Comments


cheq Bottomless Perdition ep bc is much grosser than this one

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Doctuses
June 14th 2018


1404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is p good

Wizard
June 14th 2018


20185 Comments


Album kicks some serious ass!

Great review Jac!

P0laris
June 15th 2018


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so fucking GOOD

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deeplydisturbd
June 15th 2018


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Soooo excited to see these guys with Of Feather and Bone in 10 daaaaayss



Tomb mold's really been growing on me, its nice to have a new death metal band from here that isn't wanky tech death for once



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Astral Abortis
June 15th 2018


6179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

swags

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jonibonas
June 15th 2018


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great record, great review

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2018


8754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Spot on review Jac.

lalchimiste
June 15th 2018


735 Comments


I can approve that the Bottomless Perdition demo + Malignity LP were soooo putridly good so I'm stoked to jam this one. I hope that the jangly guitar tone/riffs + Finish-style toilet vox are back

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