Review Summary: Hell is here and we're in it
Outre's 2018 LP, Hollow Earth, gives a textbook nihilistic worldview in the medium of blackened death metal. It revolves around the ideas that humans and their attempts to find meaning are futile, the suffering of existence will culminate in the death of all in war, and there is no need to fight it as there is no hope.
The album imposes this philosophy with a mix of Behemoth-esque vocals that are immensely powerful but are notably controlled. This isn't a messenger of absolute chaos, but of certain death. Throughout, the guitar and drums switch between black and death to create and resolve tension with unearthly intensity. The relentless assault creates an experience where every second feels intentional and as if it is part of the message. Cultish chants, ghoulish raspiness, and tortured cries are other elements frequently used to immerse the listener in this hell on earth.
Outre goes above and beyond to create a sound that both narrates and exemplifies the suffering and hopelessness that it describes. The bleak picture that is painted comes through naturally and production quality is top notch, so it's an easy recommend to anyone looking to find something fresh in the genre.
"A vision of eternal suffering pales when faced with reality
Wandering without a purpose
Not a threat but a sheer continuum"