Earth Rot
Black Tides of Obscurity


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (338 Reviews)
March 27th, 2020 | 23 replies


Release Date: 03/06/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New Australian masters of raucous sounds.

The more ‘extreme’ faces of Australian metal these days are almost becoming as prolific as their more mainstream counterparts. While the likes of Portal still writhe in their devastating anonymity, the likes of Xenobiotic (and this years’ Mordrake) are quickly adding to the already talented stocks of the country’s musical front - the talent pool becomes deeper the further a listener is willing to dive. And while sweeping statements of this kind could be made about almost any nation’s heavy metal scenes (especially given the reach and power of the internet), it seems Earth Rot are ready to join in on the accolades. Despite the growing popularity of the Australian extreme metal scene, the fact that Black Tides of Obscurity is the band’s third studio full-length stands at odds with the decidedly small fan base to which they cater. Hailing from Perth, in the country’s west, Earth Rot’s third effort is a devastating mix of blackened death metal which tumults and saunters while infusing the genre’s overall penchant for old-school vibes - keeping in line with death metal’s tendency to stay with the flavour of the month.

Even in the album’s opening track, “Dread Rebirth” hints at light melancholia before slamming the listener quickly back into place. The band’s riffs quickly lock into the listeners' state of mind by use of often falling into consistent grooves and onslaughts of double bass. But the main see here is the ability to saunter into a melodic lead or a catchy clean while making it sound naturally heavy. It’s a theme that continues along the album’s length. It’s with this in mind that “Unparalleled Gateways To Higher Obliteration” and “Ancenstral Vengeance” remain rather vehemently toxic throughout. Both of these tracks take the significant black metal style leanings of Earth Rot and transform these influences into equal parts devastation, furor and melody. With each turn, Earth Rot’s Black Tides of Obscurity finds new ways to throw distortion and groove into a wall. Most times, the wall becomes obliterated, but others (interestingly enough) stick well to the listeners’ sense of replay value. Take the rather infectious southern grooves that course through “The Cape Of Storms” back half which turns Black Tides of Obscurity’s molten blackened death themes and transforms them into what’s possibly the best black n’ roll riffs the listener will hear this year.

From here, Black Tides of Obscurity does meander into a blurry matter of death growls and riff abuse. “Serpent’s Ocean” and “Mind Killer” unfortunately fall into a world of audible fatigue, failing to achieve the same initial values as the tracks found before them. Sure, there’s nothing inherently wrong with what the tail end of Earth Rot’s third full-length has to offer - but as the listener nears the end of the record’s forty-six minute this particular schtick doesn’t achieve the same levels of devastation, or have the same diverse impact on the album’s listener. Rather, the abundance of quality found in the record’s first half more than makes up for the change of intensity found in the second half - but doesn’t quite fix the interest fatigue.

Overall these Aussies should be proud of what they’ve accomplished on their third outing. If nothing else, Black Tides of Obscurity should be the band’s launching pad to a larger fan base as the group’s 2020 piece ticks a lot the right boxes in this modern age of metal. Regardless of what you think bands should sound like heading into this new era of extreme metal, Earth Rot are moving well into the right area and moving into the same measurable conversations as their fellow countrymen. Black Tides of Obscurity is a great album steeped in deathly old-school vibes and near constant shifts in diversity. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely acceptable when considered against its peers and the larger genre.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://earthrot.com.au/album/black-tides-of-obscurity



Check the link above for a good time.

MiloRuggles
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


595 Comments


vehemently toxic + black'n'roll = ???

Sounds like fun. Keep it up hombre

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah man definitely.

Storm In A Teacup
March 27th 2020


27737 Comments


oh wow the broodiness this starts out with is incredible

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah good times Stormy boy

Pikazilla
March 27th 2020


10982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best blackened death I heard in a while. Noctebro keeps rolling out reviews m/

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In positive news: I did get a little phone call from the boss saying once all this shit's over I'm back. But hey, we all got to stop dying from this chy-na virus first...

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


13898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to see this reviewed. Great jam.



That's good news Nocte.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's sort of nothing news at the moment, I don't know whether I'm out for a month (probably not) or half a year as thing cripples economies around the world.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


13898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

But at least you know you have a job when this is over, right? I'm trying to see the glass half full but I'm getting scared, all my events have been canceled and my workload is down about 60%.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel you. I guess I've always been able to read into both sides of a situation. I'm lucky that the boss was willing to pick up the phone and check in, for my sake, for my kids sake etc. Glass half full right?

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


13898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yep

NightOnDrunkMountain
March 27th 2020


138 Comments


Very nice review, I don't know why I haven't heard this yet. Thanks.

parksungjoon
March 27th 2020


19378 Comments


yay

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parksungjoon
March 27th 2020


19378 Comments


New Australian master of Hard Reviewz, Inc.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fixed a couple of fragments, thanks parks : ]

parksungjoon
March 27th 2020


19378 Comments


actually never heard of these guys, are you familiar with their older stuff?

dedex
March 27th 2020


2984 Comments


As always, killer review man. It's been long since I last jammed blackened death, maybe I should give this a try.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe I should give this a try.




First half of this is almost a 4.5

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


11210 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Liked their last album, will check.

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