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Inverloch : Dusk...Subside

As diSEMBOWELMENT's natural heirs, Inverloch have learnt their lessons well: their debut Ep is is a massive wall of sound.

"for we will not pass this way again"

With that decree 19 years ago dISEMBOWELMENT aka d. departed from this world with their resolve absolute and seemingly unified, but to anyone with the ears to hear will notice a rekindling, and should welcome and give thanks to INVERLOCH (feat. 2/4 of d.) for backtracking to the very path that d. stranded us on so long ago. Half of that legendary band, have returned, to guide us through the terrible night...

d. are a colossal influence in extreme Metal, and innovators from outside the norm. d. were less about the dichotomy of two extremes i.e., ultra fast / ultra slow - but rather those polar opposites were to be masterfully amalgamated by d. and that modus operandi is built into INVERLOCH. It is their birthright and in my humble opinion, a transcendent foundation. INVERLOCH meld the 'Forest of Equilibrium'esque slowness with the brutal & cavernous Death Metal that d. helped pioneer. INVERLOCH have constructed Metal of the highest quality an' like d. - INVERLOCH also layer the Neoclassical atmospherics of their countrymen Dead Can Dance into their ÜberDoom like master masons, thus forming a sophisticated mixture - from which both Dark Wave & Neofolk become a major cornerstone within the architecture of sound and intent. The structure that d. originally built is towering, and for a lesser band, that would be threatening but not for INVERLOCH who march steadily towards that impressive structure which casts an impenetrable darkness - whereas d. existed on the peripheral of such a harrowing shadow - INVERLOCH are smack-dab in the thick of it… so yes, the torch has been passed, but, this is a new interpretation of what was and what will be. Indeed a gateway to the mysteries*

'Dusk...Subside' lures you in with two minutes of subtle ambience and acoustic body before the guts are spilled, and whilst the relationship between slow & fast is no longer as unexpected as it was in the bygone years - INVERLOCH avoids the one-dimensional approach of lesser bands by erecting their massive wall of sound alongside the precepts of Funeral Doom & Death Metal, and by perfectly tempering both fundamentals - they allow their violence & dignity to remain intact. 'Dusk...Subside' is astonishing! INVERLOCH’s pedigree is most evident if one views their mini-LP as a "whole" (pay attention here! - it's important) by eliminating the determinative cycle of 1st or 2nd or 3rd song - The response of 'Dusk...Subside' will exist as one passage, a single path with a powerful song on the right, and a powerful song on the left - each one connected to the middle song by segue - this will be understood once you experience the journey towards the middle, and again, back from the middle… 'The Menin Road' is a Funeral Doom juggernaut!, the kind that could've only come from a master craftsman. 'Dusk...Subside' is a heavy inheritance. ...tread lightly.

* reveals an important yet obscure influence on dISEMBOWELMENT (Highly recommended for those who understand)

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Within Frozen Beauty
2. The Menin Road
3. Shadows Of The Flame

Duration : Approx. 22 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-04-02 by The Observer
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