Plasmodium
Towers of Silence


3.2
good

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
May 7th, 2021 | 19 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Far off noise, outside an airlock...in a galaxy far, far away.

Hailing from Melbourne Australia, a location better known for its dining experiences (and being a bit of a mecca for some of the country’s more prominent sporting teams probably) comes Plasmodium. Penned online as an amalgamation between black, death and psychedelic metal, Plasmodium’s sonic reach is somewhat a bastard love-child of the three subgenres mentioned above while warping their brand of music into the vast cosmic reaches of space. The group’s sophomore, Towers Of Silence certainly fits into the above avant niche, but lacks the ample breathing space (pun not intended here) to bring more listeners into their expressive, yet all encompassing soundscapes. It’s this feeling of oppression, of over-indulgence in the band’s sound that allows them to reach orbit, fly around the moon a few times, but fails to achieve a perfect touch down on let’s say...Mars.

Yeah, this review is getting away from me a bit.

“Paramantra” provides some immediacy to the band’s numerous genre tags. The spacey, yet flamboyant tropes of a dissonant death metal band are on full display, coupled with furious musicianship and intensity of a modern day black metal act. These shorter introductory tracks blast into the listeners’ subconscious paving a way for the longer, more transitory compositions to flesh out the album’s larger cosmic themes. The appropriately titled “Churning” is a whirring, frantic race down a hill, accented by the snarls of a madman. Hyperbole? Not really. The track itself caters to its atmospherics without skipping a frenzied note. It’s here that Towers Of Silence launches fully into its more progressive back half and yet, the album carries itself well into a horror fed cosmos.

“Translucinophobia” is just as winding. At eighteen and a half minutes, it’s by far the longest track on the record, but the musical veracity runs into problems. Namely the album’s larger brick-walling production doesn’t hold up to the twittering of feedback, bells and clipped sound effects. Largely, parts of the track itself become compressed as hell during the near-twenty minute play time. All the ideas are here and given enough room to breathe, but as interesting as Plasmodium’s distinct avant brand of death metal is, elements become quashed, before turning into a chore of sorts. Because of this “Translucinophobia” is a mind bending, wall breaking track but misses out on ensnaring the listener completely.

I don’t want to be the naysayer in the room. Towers Of Silence is good, hell, parts of Plasmodium’s 2021 piece are great—but mission control may have helped land this baby on its feet, particularly in regards to the far away mixing the album received. As frantic as Matt Sanders’ well placed drum chops are, a lot of the record sounds like it was recorded down a hallway, with a door firmly shut. Maybe this was the point? Without making assumptions of what a band wants out of a particular musical direction the cosmic wrappings that Towers Of Silence is made could be compared to similes of airlocks, suffocating atmospheres and no one care hear you screams. Still, there’s a lot to take in within Towers Of Silence’s forty-eight minute run time. Of course this is all up in the air for your average listener looking for sultry combinations of technical ability, black metal tropes and a solid atmosphere.

The sum of Plasmodium’s parts are realized one way or another in the form of the band’s sophomore. Yes, they set out to make an expressive listen, warped by its sense of avant death meets black metal. For all its kinks, Towers Of Silence is the cosmic listen that encapsulates a direct niche of atmosphere and brutal cosmism. The usual disclaimer applies of course: this won’t appeal to everyone, even those with a penchant for expressive, explorative death metal may find parts (or all) of this hard to swallow. Still, it’s hard not to respect a group that follows their own direction to dizzying heights—silent towers, stars or no.




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Nocte
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2021


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Better late than never something something.



bandcamp link here: https://plasmodiumdeath.bandcamp.com/album/towers-of-silence-cosmic-black-death-metal

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2021


16175 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I wasn't thrilled with the single I heard, but there I will have to check the whole package.

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Nocte
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2021


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

--I wasn't thrilled with the single I heard, but there I will have to check the whole package.--



I can't believe I'm saying this (but I know how much music guys like you and me digest) this is probably passable for guys like us. 2021 has/and will continue to throw so much more out there.

bloc
May 7th 2021


65684 Comments


Bro that album art though

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normaloctagon
May 7th 2021


5856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ ikr

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SgtShock
May 7th 2021


931 Comments


On the first sentence: Unless Melbourne has some sports-themed gundams lying around shouldn't it be "Mecca" not "mecha"?

ChaoticVortex
May 7th 2021


1161 Comments


NGL, that cover is great. Real throwback to the 90's when even the most middle-in-the-road death metal band had amazing album art.

Pho3nix
May 7th 2021


1098 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cool album cover + band name. Will czech.



Thanks for the rev!

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2021


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Yes, plus one for the nice looking artwork for sure.

TVC15
May 8th 2021


10849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Absolutely rips

conesmoke
May 8th 2021


6651 Comments


Not seeing what y'all are seeing in that alb art..

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2021


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

There’s a skull and some stars and some flamey stuff tbh

Wizard
May 8th 2021


20345 Comments


Damn you're a great writer Robert. I remember when you were just getting your feet wet on this site....

This sounds interesting, I need something to dive deep into.





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zakalwe
May 8th 2021


34106 Comments


Melburnians are such cunts

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2021


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

You know Wiz, you’re literally amongst the select few who I couldn’t have done this without. It’s been a literal decade - and sput and it’s core users have been thick in the middle of it.

DDDeftoneDDD
May 9th 2021


17363 Comments


Great cover

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Nocte
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2021


14274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

^ great user.

porcupinetheater
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2021


7917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sweet rev, Robert!



Lotta potential for future good things, but until they learn to play together to accommodate the production they have, it ain’t getting filled. So hard to listen to the constant blanket wash of cymbals at almost the same frequency as the guitars, so everything just turns into this sloppy noise carpet

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2021


24528 Comments


Bouncing opinions, nice, I'm curious now. Great write-up Rob, sounds interesting to say the least.

"black, death and psychedelic metal" oh hell yeh

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