Celestial Bodies: Spit Forth From Chaos (I, Voidhanger Records, 2017)

September 9, 2017 at 11:22 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Celestial Bodies: Spit Forth From Chaos

Everything is chaos. Chaos is everything. That’s what this group states in the liner notes, and the music lives up to it more than most metal I’ve heard in a while. I can’t even tell if they’re using guitars, it’s just a maelstrom of queasy electronic feedback noise over splattering free jazz drumming. Lyrics are growled and covered in an absurd amount of echo and are hard to discern, but are most definitely about Satan. On “Burning Trident” it sounds like they’re using a dentist drill in the background, and it ends with an explosion. “Sign of the Wolf” is a lot calmer, less noisy, and has an evenly thumping bass drum and dramatic vocals. Then it’s back to the tsunami. Seriously one of the strangest and most original metal albums I’ve heard in a while, it completely obliterates convention. Truly chaotic but at the same time it sounds very controlled and deliberate.

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