Tomb Mold
Planetary Clairvoyance


4.5
superb

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (99 Reviews)
July 19th, 2019 | 146 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than Manor of Infinite Forms. Better than most modern death metal bands.

Tomb Mold affirmed themselves as a more than capable death metal outfit with their impressive sophomore effort, Manor of Infinite Forms, released in 2017. Their less than unique, yet solid and polished mix of OSDM and grind is more than amicable and the band can definitely hold their own in the riff department. But what of their much anticipated third release"

Well, put simply, Planetary Clairvoyance is both a continuation and a step up from previous works. Everything here is of a high standard, from the more polished and heavier production, to the inclusion of fresh elements such as progressive/clean sections which help to embellish the record and give it a more interesting and unique sound. Beg For Life is a rip-roaring ride of riffs and guttural vocals, beginning with a mid-tempo guitar riff before manifesting itself as one of the album highlights. The boys in Tomb Mold have indeed heightened their abilities in the department of groovy and headbangable riff writing, which is evident throughout the entirety of Planetary Clairvoyance. As the tempo quickens in Beg For Life, the listener is treated to a smorgasbord of well written OSDM flavour riffage, interspersed with technicality and pulled off with a succinct flair.

But most interesting of all is the clean section that comes out of nowhere in the album opener. The guttural vocals may not transcend into glorious clean vocals or soaring falsetto like some bands may have chosen to do but it is a nice, refreshing take to include in the track. The t/t is another highlight, featuring fantastic guitar work and some brilliant double bass pedal drum patterns to spice up the already superbly executed OSDM sound that the band so predominantly relies on for the core of their sound. Cerulean Salvation even hints at some melodic death metal influence here and there as well as incorporating some great lead work from the guitars. Album closer Heat Death is even better in that department, with a absolute scorcher of a solo.

As expected, the album never really deviates into unfamiliar territory or anything too fanciful or progressive. However, the strength of the songwriting on Planetary Clairvoyance is undoubtedly more than enough for death metal fans to warrant their much deserved attention. One of the best releases in death metal this year thus far.

Recommended Tracks

Beg For Life
Planetary Clairvoyance
Cerulean Salvation
Heat Death



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brainmelter
July 19th 2019


6584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, hot dog

Digging: nabosoposkle - s/t

ffs
July 19th 2019


5366 Comments


nice

DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


6387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ho man TKS for reviewing Confessed. You're definitely back. I need to listen to this one! Their special release interview was awesome and I'm going to it with no expectations of Manor II whatsoever (which I really dig). Will read the rev after!

Digging: Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops

Evok
July 19th 2019


7728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ooof stoked to hear this

Digging: S.P.Y. - Dubplate Style

TheNotrap
July 19th 2019


11607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's no Manor of Infinite Forms 2.0. The band has diversified its sound, I'm diggin it.

Digging: Humanity's Last Breath - Abyssal

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 19th 2019


9926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The production on this is so fucking spot on

MotokoKusanagi
July 19th 2019


1999 Comments


good review. so pumped to see them tomorrow night, hoping to still get some Manor of Infinite as well

Hawks
July 19th 2019


73095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can’t wait to hear this. m/

Digging: Erang - Kingdom Of Erang

DarkHorizontal
July 19th 2019


133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I really love this, but I'm still riding that high from seeing them live and probably just a fanboy now.

DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


6387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

on this one rn

kris.
July 19th 2019


15293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the production on this is stellar

DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


6387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

So, it really still feels like Tomb Mold but yeah in a more shiny DM approach...nothing wrong so far m/ I like this band very much. It jazzgroooves boys.

WretchedCacophony
July 19th 2019


1632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Manor of Infinite Forms came out in 2018

gEt Y0uR faCtS stRaIGht

Digging: Lord Belial - Enter The Moonlight Gate

WatchItExplode
July 19th 2019


7034 Comments


shiny DM is my favorite...I'm on it

MotokoKusanagi
July 19th 2019


1999 Comments


hawks are you going to the pgh show

DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


6387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"shiny DM is my favorite...I'm on it" a little more...mind is Tomb Mold lol

One thing is certain - there won't be another Gored Embrace (Confronting Biodegradation)

WretchedCacophony
July 19th 2019


1632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Hawks is not going to the pittsbutt show

bloc
July 19th 2019


57026 Comments


Album art is tech as fuck

Digging: Ultravox - Vienna

peekatoad
July 19th 2019


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why use abbreviations for OSDM, and t/t?



MDM could have been used for melodic death metal, for consistency. Although I don't like the abbreviations



edit: nice review though

WatchItExplode
July 19th 2019


7034 Comments


Album title is tech af also



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