Slimelord
Chytridiomycosis Relinquished


4.0
excellent

Review

by ffs USER (58 Reviews)
March 10th, 2024 | 150 replies


Release Date: 03/08/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: slime time

On the remote off-chance that you both don’t know and do care, chytridiomycosis is a weird disease that afflicts amphibians: a fungal infection of the brain and body causing a variety of zombie-like behavioural changes which generally result in the death of the host. Slimelord are the latest doomsome death metal act lubricating their already-oozing tones and arrangements with thick globules of psychedelic murk, and with their handily titled debut album Chytridiomycosis Relinquished have certainly created a gruesome and surreal odyssey that captures that idea of some kind of wretched lifeform fighting a losing battle against invaders inside of its own mind.

Autonomic horror aside, the band name Slimelord was hopefully a good clue for those correctly suspecting that this is actually also a very fun album, one which approaches its quite silly/very cool subject matter with an appropriately flamboyant commitment to atmosphere. Appeals to the senses beyond sound feature from very start of the album - a brief sample of sinister avian honks - immediately thrusting the listener into a deranged ecosystem somewhere near the bottom of the food chain. These immersive and often subtle touches feature throughout the album as it draws the listener into its hostile environment: drips/plops, chitters and other murmurations appear in the gaps between the twisted limbs of the song structures to reiterate themes of monstrous, uncontrolled growth and brutal natural selection.

Just as the colourful alien deathswamp on the cover art might imply, Chytridiomycosis Relinquished is a strange and unpredictable album, where lengthier doom arrangements might incubate into invasive riff swells or savage leads - the oppressive “The Hissing Moor” comes to mind - just as often as they might constrict and slump into incongruous melodic segues, such as in the disorientating “Gut-Brain Axis”. Varied vocal techniques and instrumental tones reinforce a sense of raw wilderness, frenzied competition and expedited evolution - see how the freaky leads dissolve into an unlikely bass break in “Tidal Slaughtermarsh”, or the shredding that erupts about halfway through “The Beckoning Bell”. Frequent tempo shifts and foreground refocusing - like the creative, subsiding grooves early in “Splayed Mudscape” - provide plenty of dynamism and give the impression of muscles pulling against each other or cells self-destructing in a grotesque internal struggle.

For all its eccentricity, Chytridiomycosis Relinquished is a very self-assured album that does not overcomplicate or overcompensate, taking its time with thematic development and tasteful exposition to achieve a coherent narrative which is equal parts whimsical and horrifying. Examples of the band’s confidence can be seen in the structurally simplistic “Batrachomorpha Resurrections Chamber” which features enough variation in timbre to mesmerise, or the triumphant lead-laden closer “Heroic Demise”, wherein our web-toed protagonist discovers exactly how to relinquish chytridiomycosis (spoiler: it’s death). Slimelord’s debut is an entertainingly disgusting one and is easily the greatest death metal album about fungal-borne frog brain infections of all time.



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NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2024


710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album's awesome

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
March 10th 2024


26509 Comments


pos’d this is a great review. mods should feature this.

Demon of the Fall
March 10th 2024


34923 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great album. I might prefer this to Cryptic Shift’s material

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2024


32073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review dude. Heard this yesterday. It's filthy fun.

Sniff
March 10th 2024


8110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review is good album is good

ShadowRemains
March 11th 2024


27948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh hell yes

also this is an excellent record

Hawks
March 11th 2024


90689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is definitely good but gotta tell you guys, not really grabbing me all that much other than being just good.

DDDeftoneDDD
March 11th 2024


22562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cryptic shift is the journey mode. Not the same vibe.



But lol wtf Hawks. Track 3 and track 4 are fkin awesome so far.

trilo
March 11th 2024


6450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

s l i m e

hiryu14
March 11th 2024


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fun!!

bigguytoo9
March 11th 2024


1427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band's pretty awesome!

PortalofPerfection
March 12th 2024


3299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not quite my style but really good regardless. Sufficiently disgusting.

frozencarl
March 12th 2024


1692 Comments


rulz ahrd

UniverseCalling
March 12th 2024


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I’m still trying to decide how to rate this. I’ll admit, I was hoping it would be a little weirder.

Demon of the Fall
March 12th 2024


34923 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah, I could do with an extra dose of weirdness for sure



v good mind... in the correct realm of 'just enuff disso'

lols
March 12th 2024


261 Comments


if I’m a sucker for new standard elite will I like this

Orb
March 12th 2024


9440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review! Album is pure filth! The low end is so dirty mmmmmmmmmmmm



Album's midsection is just straight up fucking weird too. Love it

bloc
March 12th 2024


70400 Comments


Decent stuff

Orb
March 12th 2024


9440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tannic murk

TheTripP
March 12th 2024


4576 Comments


sounds intriguing!



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