Cosmic Putrefaction
Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
May 8th, 2022 | 29 replies


Release Date: 05/06/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Multi-layered cosmic laments

Gabriele Gramaglia's death metal entity Cosmic Putrefaction has made a name for itself in recent years as one of the most interesting projects of its kind. Its style, which houses an old-school sound under spacey aesthetics, has the peculiarity of infusing a certain modernity into a genre often stuck in the past. While it seems counter-intuitive given its retro foundations, I couldn't help but feel a sense of contemporaneity when revisiting the two previous albums, especially The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers. There's something about Gabriele's music that sets it apart from its peers. A cluster of layers that lends it a personality of its own while positioning it in the present. The occasional deathgrind bursts blended with the OSDM murky ambiance and exquisite hybrid riffing, which gathers various influences, build a soundscape of uncannily up-to-date textures. The massive grind(ish) riff on 'From Resounding Silence to the Obsidian Womb' is maybe the most evident example of the multifaceted mark Gabriele imbues in his death metal formula; enriching it, making it more overwhelming and diverse. Cosmic Putrefaction's third album, Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones, is thus an offering that doesn't limit itself to orthodox boundaries, carrying on the defiant spirit of The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers.

While there are obvious bridges with previous releases, both musically and conceptually, this new chapter presents a somewhat different look and feel, more varied and luminous, fruit of Gabriele's restless creative mind. The acoustic moments in 'Amniotic Bewilderment' and 'Twisting Spirals in the Murk' or the surprising melodic lead in the title track deliver more color to the songwriting, broadening its spectrum. There's a subtle cloak of attractiveness enveloping the music that unveils catchy hues throughout the journey. Like small, colorful crystals glittering in a black cave. The Ebow guitars and synth layers (sometimes too high in the mix) that sprout in tracks like 'Sol's Upheaval Debris', 'Lysergic Sulfuric Waters' or 'Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones' enhance this alluring aura while adding more atmosphere to the music. As on the previous album, the closing track is the one that most explores these spacey nuances. Everything is more crystalline and immediate when compared to The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers, giving it a distinct, more accessible character. One feels that, although stylistically coherent, the album represents a new stage in Cosmic Putrefaction's journey; not a deja-vu. A quality that lends it relevance and contemporaneity.

Gabriele's songwriting not only remains top notch, it has evolved. His killer hybrid riffing that gathers death, black and deathgrind in a lethal combination of tremolo picking and power chords sounds more inspired than ever. The aforementioned grind(ish) riff of 'From Resounding Silence to the Obsidian Womb' or the massive bridge on 'Sol's Upheaval Debris' are only two examples of a diverse multi-layered menu. Gabriele is a talented musician who masters not only all instruments but also sound engineering, which allows him complete control over his music. And Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones mirrors just that. There's a common narrative to all eight songs, so coherent and cohesive that it could only have come from a single source. Even the drumming, now in the hands of Giulio Galati (Nero di Marte, Hideous Divinity) seems to roam under his baton, following a previously written script. This strong character, together with Cosmic Putrefaction's multifaceted songwriting, lends not only particular singularity to the music but also gives it tremendous replay value.

Through his third chapter, Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones, multi-instrumentalist Gabriele Gramaglia keeps exploring challenging territories by shaping a multi-layered death metal that is as vicious and filthy as it is catchy. A somewhat singular formula that places Cosmic Putrefaction in the present, solidifying it as a metal entity to be reckoned with.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2022


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Easily one of the best death metal albums of the year so far.

Full stream:

http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/crepuscular-dirge-for-the-blessed-ones

http://youtu.be/Daxf8VohdZU

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium - Undreamable Abysses

FR33L0RD
May 8th 2022


5494 Comments


Nice review, TheNoTrap. I know this band, didn’t jam this one yet. Your summary review & first comment grab my attention. Gonna jam this soon.

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2022


27983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds like a good time. Will give it a spin, great rev as always Fer.

Digging: Ethel Cain - Preacher's Daughter

0BSCURA
May 9th 2022


25 Comments


i remember hearing the single and being… UNIQUELY unimpressed. and this is after GG’s OTHER project won my “favorite debut of ‘21” accolade.

i wonder how much of this i can attribute to having been absolutely blown away the previous week by the artificial brain single. probably most of it. i’ll give the album a spin this week.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2022


27983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok this is amazing, love the additional ambient elements incorporated into the mix, loads of good riffs, crazy drumming, solid vox.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2022


27361 Comments


This is very good but not as fun to listen to as their last one. Still need to spend more time with it tho

Digging: Ethel Cain - Preacher's Daughter

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2022


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer this one slightly. I've been having a great time listening to it for the last couple of weeks.



Indeed, Dewinged, great stuff. Thanks ;)



Cheers FR33L0RD.

jemaiseyeti
May 9th 2022


196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very, very good! Made me think of Chaos Moon at times

Atari
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2022


27361 Comments


@Notrap, hope I agree with you after more listens!! I've been waiting for this one so my expectations were pretty high. great review too!

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2022


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks ;) That riff on 'From Resounding Silence...' is a massive highlight.

0xME
May 9th 2022


870 Comments


yea, this is really solid

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Demon of the Fall
May 9th 2022


24591 Comments


between this, Dischordia and Haunter’s new ones, I’m going to be a very busy Demon

Digging: Gospel - The Loser

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2022


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have to drop a couple of words on the new Haunter in the next few days. Good stuff

Assemblage
May 9th 2022


1424 Comments


The month I go on hiatus, it seems the year starts peaking smh...

teamster
May 10th 2022


5906 Comments


Not usually my brand of vodka NoTrap but once again your words have made this sound compelling. I will give it a thorough play through this weekend. Awesome once again my brother.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2022


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers ;) Hope you enjoy it, even if it's not your usual cup of tea.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 10th 2022


813 Comments


Glad to see that you have not given into this new trend of 1-2 paragraphs reviews. Good review as always. Will check the album.

Digging: Windir - Likferd

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2022


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahah I have a couple of those too. Thanks man

Demon of the Fall
May 11th 2022


24591 Comments


I was lukewarm to the debut, but thought it had potential (hence why I'm here!)

...this was actually very satisfying for a first listen. Nice.

Pikazilla
May 12th 2022


22989 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Peep the new Haunter, people, it's great



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