Review Summary: Not a lot to talk about, but a conversation worth starting anyway.
Picture an album that sounds like if Rammstein went full death metal or a thrash metal band slowed down and focused on major atmospheric black metal influences. Well, somewhere in that chaos is a perfect balance known as Marsh Dweller. It growls and it bursts; its melodies are straightforward, but oversaturated with a miscellany of instrumental explosions, reaching from noisy and brain-melting to heavy and epic; its production is a dense display of both distant lo-fi and an emphasis on vigorous sharpness of (especially) drums, which sound as crystal clear as it gets on a metal record; its runtime bipolar, with songs either turning up a journey-like length or just quickly smashing through your ears in just a few minutes. “Wanderer, Pt. I” goes on for 9 minutes, but so swiftly and energetically that you don’t even notice. On the other hand “Wanderer, Pt. II” takes its time, at first with some ambiance introduction, then doom metal inspired lead-in, and only then at 6th minute taking on some energy and presenting its true colours of despondency and atmosphere of (ehm) doom. While that song overwhelms with length, its successor “Coalesce” overwhelms with its rawness and gargantuan instrumentation. “Fall” resembles a similar effect of gut-punching beatdown style-fusing metal; but it wouldn’t have been Marsh Dweller, if the song didn’t also contain a severe slow down and ambient outro. “Wanderer, Pt. III” repeats the magic of “Pt. II” and nudges the doomy slowness further, this time for almost the entirety of the song, until the emotionally charged finale that escalates into one of album’s most vivid moments. Of course the ending of the album goes hand-in-hand with the album’s already perpetuated motif of ambient, calm interludes and outros, “Wanderer, Pt. IV” is pretty much an atmospheric tow. And so concludes a chaotic clash of all sorts of metals, from black to death to blackened death with doomy black and black death doom black doomdeath bloom doth bleam whatever, it just fuses a myriad of styles and subgenres and sprinkles it all with spices of atmospheric interludes. Yummy.