Reverence To Paroxysm
Lux Morte


4.0
excellent

Review

by ffs USER (56 Reviews)
November 4th, 2023 | 17 replies


Release Date: 08/31/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: i'm afraid, dave

Wanna lurch? Reverence to Paroxysm lurches hard, a death doom outfit whose debut Lux Morte navigates the genre's dismal tropes similar to the likes of Spectral Voice with razing waves of bone cold riffs, grooves that sound like being boiled in slime, and neurotic leads and atmosphere.

An immediate standout in the mix is the bass guitar which makes me think of a huge worm: one that monstrously wriggles, slithers and occasionally writhes hard like you know when you see a worm just freaking out; flailing and constricting in on itself as if were trying to tie itself in a knot or maybe escape from its own skin? These thrums are simultaneously disturbing and mesmerising. The deep vocals join the bass on the album's low end with rapturous growls that often register strongly on the gurglometer with gutturals reminiscent of bands like Rottrevore.

Truly, Lux Morte is seeping at the seams with darkness and maintains a very tomby atmosphere thoughout, but tentative illuminations flicker here and there in the form of melancholic and melodic leads. These sections adorn the muscular low end like morbid veins and beautifully express the sense of utter dejection and defeat that is quintessential to doom. The quality of Lux Morte's riffs and arrangements enable it to explore a surprisingly wide breadth of ideas in the leads like the unsettling drones towards the end of "Necrocapacity", the trad-doomy depression in "Portals to Dark Misery" and the hypnotic tremolo that closes "Care Data Vermibus".

As well as impending death, there is a sense of methodical calculation frequently felt throughout Lux Morte which is crystallised by the intermittently reappearing sample of a deep and barely intelligible voice. This voice is that of HAL 9000, the artificial superintelligence from 2001: A Space Odyssey, quoted as it pleads/rambles nonsense while succumbing to deletion and non-existence. This is a subtle but successful subversion of the traditionally classic horror-concerned tropes of death doom into a more topical contemplation of the horrifying implications of the relationship between humanity and AI. The thought - that no matter the advancements made in the power of such technological brains, these entities are condemned to the same fate of and death and doom as us mortals and will ultimately join us in the dust and darkness - is heavy, and so is Lux Morte.



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ffs
November 4th 2023


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a good one, shout out to jester for repping it

brainmelter
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2023


8329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell yea album rips

pos’d

ShadowRemains
November 4th 2023


27765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah this album krvshes, crackalackin review as usual

Hawks
November 4th 2023


87999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best dm of the year finally got a review. M///

Space Jester
November 4th 2023


11027 Comments


Fuck yea! Sick review, I love this thing a ton

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 5th 2023


26012 Comments


yeah this is pretty sweet. production is awesome and it doesnt forget to groove which is the cardinal sin of deathdoom.

VlacDrac
November 5th 2023


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to see this album finally got a review.

VlacDrac
November 5th 2023


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"An immediate standout in the mix is the bass guitar which makes me think of a huge worm"



Not sure what did Alan use in studio, however, that time I saw RTP live, he was using only a Chromatic Tuner and a Rat pedal.

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2023


18867 Comments


we lurchin

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 6th 2023


26012 Comments


yeah this rocks. love the carcass rip off riff in AD putrefactio

parsungjoon
November 6th 2023


21 Comments


Dawg you have no idea how moderately enthused I am to discover this

Ty

Hawks
November 6th 2023


87999 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tis amazing yeah.

parsungjoon
November 6th 2023


21 Comments


Hawks bro why you ignore my recs

necropig
November 24th 2023


7409 Comments


who's dave

ffs
November 24th 2023


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dave is the guy who murders hal 9000

necropig
November 24th 2023


7409 Comments


oh, haven't seen 2001 lul

ffs
November 24th 2023


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ah well its not necessary to enjoy this but the extra context makes it 👌



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