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Process of Guilt : Erosion

Process of Guilt had left quite an impression on me when I've had the occasion to listen to 'Renounce', their previous album, also their first full-length that came right after two outstanding demos: 'Portraits of Regret' and 'Demising Grace' that have just been re-released on tape format by Bubonic Doom. On 'Renounce', PoG. played a powerful Doom Death in the vein of early My Dying Bride; dark,deep and melodic.

'Erosion' is a nice title for an album, it conjures up moods, movements that match the aesthetic of Doom Death; you hear the word and you hear the earth crumbling, rocks crushed to powder, you can hear the slow motion, the dereliction and the irresistible pace of death.

'Erosion' is what this album is all about: Process of Guilt's dark and brooding music is sharper than ever, rawer and more aggressive. The production is simple and natural what helps greatly to give the band's landscapes-of-the-end-of-the-world that colder edge. You can feel that lethal arid wind, the devastating whirling dust. The voice, roaring in a sharp tone, echoes in the distance; the pace goes mid-tempo, alternating between quiet and faster passages. The band shows a clever sense of rupture as the rhythm, going softly, sustained by gently atmospheric, almost aerial guitars, can abruptly collapse, giving way to devastating drums and bass while the voice spits its angry eructations. This efficient dynamic catches your attention all along the disc.

Process of Guilt doesn't bring any new innovative forms within its Doom with 'Erosion'. It is classical in the best sense of the term; this is a block of massive and dense sound, brutal and dry. However, the band is achieving something of its own on this album. I have the same feeling about it as the one 'A Murderous Circus' of Mourning Beloveth left me: there is a mineral edge to it, a roughness that is, if not deeply personal, radical, profound and sincere.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Dust (The Circle Part I)
2. Waves (The Circle Part II)
3. Corrosion The Circle Part III)
4. Lava (The Circle Part IV)
5. Abandon (The Circle Part V)
6. The Circle (Erosion Part I)

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes.

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Reviewed on 28-09-2009 by Bertrand marchal
Forever Autumn
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