Tomb Mold
Planetary Clairvoyance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (288 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2019 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tomb Mold worship a good riff. We worship Tomb Mold.

I’m going to go ahead and say it: Planetary Clairvoyance is better than Manor of Inifinite Forms. Just as Manor of Inifinite Forms is better than Tomb Mold’s Primordial Malignity. It’s a [not-so] hard thing to type but as savage and downright worshipped as Tomb Mold’s 2018 effort is, there’s just something about their combination of nods to genre legends and organic modern escapades that continues the band’s dominance, spewed upon any surface. Simply put, these guys work hard at what they do. Since dropping a debut full-length (yes, there’s a couple of EPs to mention there) Tomb Mold has had a consistent release schedule and as each release has reigned superior than its former it raises the question: Are these guys actually just fucking with us? I mean, it’s a logical level of transformation; take amicable growth, maturity and a hell of a starting point and it becomes difficult to deny the sheer magnitude of these Ontario based death heads and their yearly offerings. Underlying hyperbole aside, Tomb Mold have no right being this good.

But they most certainly are. Planetary Clairvoyance is a slab of proficient sound, harrowing death metal that's geared to take the best of what the last four decades of death metal has had to offer. I’m not trying to feed into the hyperbole, Tomb Mold’s attention to well executed details are doing wonders for them but it all leads back to those vehement riffs and pummeling bass lines. The song writing itself has become slightly more complex, but there’s more room for ideas to breathe. Planetary Clairvoyance’s opener, “Beg For Life” is but one example on a thirty-eight minute slab of belching death and even from the record’s initial moments there’s a wall of atmosphere that presses in on the listener. It’s agonizing, enveloping itself among a guttural, yet thick soundscape. “Beg For Life” is as much of a death meets thrash fest as it is a cavernous display of masculinity sticking well within the confines of its own virulence. It’s here that Tomb Mold’s 2019 piece starts standing above its predecessor. The riffs twist and fans willingly trap themselves to the towering music on offer.

Planetary Clairvoyance continue it's colossal display of deathly grandeur, but there’s variance. When we’re not getting thoroughly slammed by the album’s title track we see glimmers in the murky caverns to which all manner of slimey grotesque grows. “Phosphorene Ultimate” surprises with a take on clean, almost celestial melody and we see other tid-bits of clean death metal juxtapositions that seemingly come from nowhere (see: “Beg For Life”). It’s these moments that provide just enough respite and wonderment to get listeners ready for the next visceral onslaught.

The latter half of the new album sees a slightly more doomed approach to Tomb Mold’s less than joyous songwriting without conforming to mindless genre hopping or influence plagiarism. “Cerulean Salvation” takes a centered, but incredibly dense approach to reshaping again Tomb Mold’s stranglehold on an old-school death metal genre. Album closer, “Heat Death” takes a similar throbbing, in vein approach and is accentuated by some rather tasteful solo work that has more focus on melody than the often frenetic whirlwind of notes expected. What’s left is the forlorn wanderings of some plodding notes and ringing chords as Tomb Mold’s latest full-length comes to a close. The sampling is off-putting but leaves the door open for another album to pick up where Planetary Clairvoyance left off (I would hazard a guess at sometime next year at this rate). Overall the foundation to which Tomb Mold craft delicious riffs and ear tearing growls is becoming progressively more solid. The immense weight of these Ontarians may shift slightly, but they remain well grounded in the past to bring new futures, ensuring a lack of sincere stagnation. Planetary Clairvoyance may not stray or deviate too far from what fans have come to love, sticking well to the deathly march and solid riffing they know.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was reviewing this late last week than FoR happened.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


3459 Comments


Some odd word choices in this review, man. A couple missing commas and grammatical hiccups too.

"Since dropping a debut full-length Tomb Mold has had a consecutive release schedule"

I know what you mean by this, but 'consecutive release schedule' is redundant as it's the only thing a discography can be. 'Consistent' works way better in this context.

"as each release has reigned more superior [get rid of 'more'] than its former it begs the question"

I think we've all made this mistake before but that's the wrong use of that phrase; 'raises the question' would suffice. Also the sentence itself is a bit of a run-on.

I also dunno if "transformance" would get you any points in scrabble.

"Planetary Clairvoyance is a slab of proficiently sound" - Just say "proficient"

"fans willingly trap themselves to the bilge" - "Bilge" doesn't exactly sell the music as you intended and the phrasing of this sentence is quite strange.

"Planetary Clairvoyance continue their colossal..." - Continues its? You didn't mean to refer to the band here, did you?

A couple other praises in the last paragraph don't really read as I guess you intended 'cause of words like "joyous", "vapid" and uhhh "throbbing veined".

I think this review would really benefit from you trimming down some of the sentences and removing some superfluous adjectives tbh

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Jac, a few good points there, will adjust accordingly now anyways.



Not going to lie, I was hoping you would've already had this reviewed by now. I've been missing a few good Jac DM reviews.



edits made etc.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


3459 Comments


Cheers friend. Life stuff and motivational woes have been getting in the way but I'm not retiring anytime soon~

Pikazilla
July 23rd 2019


2374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've actually been disappointed with dm this year. Aside from a few highlights (Hoth and Disentomb), there hasn't been much stuff that grabbed my attention this year. Strange, considering how this year has been awesome for me so far. Or I'm just sleeping on a shit ton of cool releases because I've been listening to other music.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd say you've been sleeping on a fair few. But fairly, we all miss stuff by the time we see everyone else's End Of Year lists.

slipperyboi
July 23rd 2019


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Am I gonna be the first one to say they got their band name from a Bloodborne item?

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


7878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First half of this is so much better than the 2nd

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not appreciating the change of pace?

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


7878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah : / Just seems a lot more expansive and creative on those first 4 tracks

osmark86
July 23rd 2019


9171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sounding proper mean on first listen.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2019


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent

osmark86
July 23rd 2019


9171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this makes me want to create a death metal side-project haha

zaruyache
July 23rd 2019


21216 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

do it

theyrehere
July 23rd 2019


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Figures that this would be the first thing to pull me away from that beast of an album Infernal Conjuration released.



So good

bloc
July 23rd 2019


57050 Comments


This is kinda boring

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2019


9939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No U

hiryu14
July 24th 2019


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this album is fantastic, it does kinda dull out midway through but the first track is a hammer

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2019


24846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed about the first half being better

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DDDeftoneDDD
July 24th 2019


6404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Acoustic guitar riff x4 ...drums enter over them and:



Hear the vibration

of your bones as they break

OOOOOHHHHH

m/m/m/m/

coolest ending solo

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