Esoctrilihum
The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (291 Reviews)
July 30th, 2019 | 59 replies


Release Date: 05/25/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Telluric Ashes of mighty long album names… and one of the year’s better extreme metal offerings.

The world of extreme metal has certainly become nuanced, jaded and confrontational in these last few years. Expectations are different, standards are higher and the bands that made head-way before are somehow still checking all the right boxes. Still, that hasn’t dissuaded purists in dismissing new trends and newcomers from dismissing the “if it works, don't fuck it up” approach. It’s left many a band looking for a comfy middle ground to rest their laurels, hang their hats and call it a year. None of this applies to the claustrophobic and sweltering The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods (from here shortened to “The Telluric Ashes…” with no disrespect) to whom Esoctrilihum place every ounce of the vehemence found within their career into a relentlessly exhausting display of seventy five minutes.

While I’m actually unsure whether Esoctrilihum’s 2019 piece is deathly blackened or blackened death (to which in all things considered. is quite an achievement itself) The Telluric Ashes… is a challenging, yet completely rewarding listen for those who relate to the dense paroxysm that bleeds dissonant infernal writes of monolithic proportions. Needless to say, at seventy five minutes, The Telluric Ashes… takes some time to reveal its intricacies, even if the journey speaks to the most harrowing of mindsets that ill-defines an easy listen. Opener “Kahlbas Mha (Ode To The Muhorn Pain)” sets an immediately intrinsic tone of Asthâghul’s death growl over a foundation of swarth-ly riffs and sweltering atmospherics that reaffirm that Esoctrilihum’s 2019 effort isn’t here to prove anything more than what this particular project has offered on its last three full-lengths, instead the continuation of sound showcases slow and steady growth, with a hefty run-time to match. At times, The Telluric Ashes… feels very much the same, offering up similar variations of immense blackened death metal. The atmosphere found throughout the album’s length does much of the heavy lifting to which all instrumental facets find sure footing. Even the album’s initial single presents a semi-thrash soundscape to which “Kros Ö Vrth” shifts into a cacophony of melting blast beats and underlying guitar shrills, there’s no shortage of underlying riffs or vehement tremolo as Asthâghul goes about making more noxious moods. Faint tempo and timing changes add to the calamity, constantly shifting the expectation of sound, and subtle and occasionally unnoticed swings tilt the listener deeper into The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods’s sonic, yet calculated rage.

There are many highlights to be found within The Telluric Ashes…, or rather, there are very few moments that would be considered low-points of Esoctrilihum’s newest album. Sure, it’s a dense listen filled to the brim without room for rest or reprieve. Yes, the length may find itself unimpeachable for some listeners, but it’s a journey made deliberately to be abrasive, living in the realms of dissonance and inaccessibility and certainly not a thing made for the gentle at heart. That aside, The Telluric Ashes… is a pleasure (as far as high quality music is concerned) that delivers in tracks like “Invisible Manifestation of Delirium God” and the back to back “Black Hole Entrance” and “Black Hole Exit” which manifest human screaming onto an unearthly plane of musical existence. These tracks are pensive, as if each track is simply waiting on the other and the mood again shifts to abhorrent melancholy. There’s a journey here, it’s just hidden in a few weaving layers of murky compositions.

Considering the fact that the Esoctrilihum moniker has released four albums between 2017 and 2019 (two of which in the same year) there is a question whether Asthâghul is actively trying to bludgeon his listeners to death with his music. The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods has a brutal edge to it, but it’s not so unfamiliar when compared to the Deathspell Omega and Portal’s latest slabs. That’s not to undersell it, Esoctrilihum is completely its own entity, warped into its own mystical understanding and spewed onto a landscape of sound for all to hear. As much as a cop-out is to say that The Telluric Ashes… isn’t for everyone, it’s simply true that people won’t “get” why this album is so long, why it needs to swirl and shift or why there is no sense of rest and respite. Be that as it may, Esoctrilihum continue to add a consistent highlight into the realms of modern day extreme metal and thus far continues displaying Asthâghul’s impressive ability to craft mood from all manners of extremism.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2019


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen here:



https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-telluric-ashes-of-the-o-vrth-immemorial-gods



Came out late May, but definitely needed a review here.

zaruyache
July 30th 2019


21287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Band is good but that runtime is a big OOF.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2019


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll admit I did a double take when i saw the length was 75 minutes.

garas
July 30th 2019


1768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had no problem with the length, I enjoyed all the way through.

Great band, album rules. (And was way better than Deathspell Omega.)

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2019


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And you didn't find any drag or hiccup moments?

garas
July 30th 2019


1768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I sometimes felt that the album goes way too "chaotic" at the expense of progression. For example in the track 'Aborted Sun': in the middle - it is surely heavy, but sometimes it feels like some riffs were just thrown in to extend the length of the song.

But still, this album slaps.

DoofDoof
July 30th 2019


5078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2019


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A wild Doof appears!





DoofDoof
July 30th 2019


5078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Band is good but that runtime is a big OOF'



In the immortal words of one Arnold Schwarzenegger...'don't be such a pussy'

dwightfryed
July 30th 2019


86 Comments


Love this band. The last two (!) from 2018 took me months to absorb. Can't wait to delve into this one. Nice writeup!

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Demon of the Fall
July 30th 2019


12401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have this on my 'to check' radar. It sounds like a perfectly pleasant summertime jam, 70+ minute albums are the bane of my existence due to time constraints, (especially as some of them end up being my favourites), but my interest is certainly piqued.

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MotokoKusanagi
July 30th 2019


2042 Comments


bet this is good, Inhuma rips

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's worthy of a check. Dark, ominous, and sufficiently villainous.

Digging: WRVTH - No Rising Sun

Demon of the Fall
July 30th 2019


12401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wonder if this vaguely resembles 'Fas' era Deathspell, Thantifaxath or even Ad Nauseam in any way?... guess I'll find out in due course.

DDDeftoneDDD
July 30th 2019


7060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

When the riffs enter the room they are violent af

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2019


10117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Fas' is an apt collation, although Deathspell display more technical chops. This possesses a similar atmosphere but it's based upon a comparatively subtler approach.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2019


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More like distant cousins but similar species. Darwin probably has a theory

DDDeftoneDDD
July 30th 2019


7060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This has sitar effectzzzz Demon....plus riffzzzz m/m/m/ meaning violent and esoteric.

Hawks
July 30th 2019


73512 Comments


Last album rulez. Can’t wait to hear this.

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DDDeftoneDDD
July 30th 2019


7060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's about time Hawks!

Need to hear their previous works though...



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