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Persistence in Mourning : The Grim Retreat

Boris and Sunn O))) already showed it: the sum of two distinct entities can make a better whole, if the musical vision follow. Therefore, I was quite a bit excited when I found in my mailbox a copy of a split-album between the Romanian Drone project Exhalus and Oklahoma based one-doomed Funeral band Persistence in Mourning. Let's start by saying that, as usual with Exhalus, the object is cool to watch and to hold, professionally printed and mimicking a vinyl.

On to the music, now. Forget everything about beautiful marble gravesites, dark ladies roaming among the misty moors and wannabe Ann Rice copycats. Here, we're in the middle of an old factory left in ruins. Exhalus is the Drone/Electronica equivalent of what's left of Chernobyl, with a bit more barbed wire. The tracks here are slow and reeking of rust. While the Romanian outfit is nothing Doom in the musical execution, it is well when we talk about feelings and atmosphere. Nothing really heavy, but lots of things crawling around. The four songs are the perfect funeral march for your autoerotic asphyxia games with a barbed wire strung around your neck. A slow and morbid musical descent in the humid basement of the human mind. Pretty much sick and thrilling, but never boring.

What could we expect from Persistence In Mourning next? Once again, the Oklahoma band deliver the goods, in the sickest way possible. Think of Wormphlegm meeting Necro Schizma on a BDSM party. Slow, heavy and cold as Death herself, sick as fuck and moisty. The collaboration song is even better, taking what's best in both bands to push the boundaries of musical darkness even further. The most interesting point of the album is that all the songs goes on well in the large picture, like the pieces of a puzzle. It's sometimes so well done that you'll have to listen well to not mistake one band for another. And it brings even more depths to the music displayed.

The title of the release says it all: Grim is the name of the game. Whether you're a fan of the filthiest and most vile Doom there is, or of cold and minimalistic Drone, whether you're a sick sexual sadist or the most deviant masochist around, this will be the music to turn your nightmares into realities. Or your sexual fantasies.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Numinous Insignification
2. Instrumental To A Progressive Demise
3. Foreshadowing
4. Kenoticism

Persistence in Mourning:
05. Succumbed 0.1

Persistence in Mourning & Exhalus:
06. Succumbed 0.2

Persistence in Mourning:
07. Succumbed 0.6

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes.

Visit the Persistence in Mourning bandpage.

Reviewed on 22-08-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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