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Halo : Guattari (From the West Flows Grey Ash & Pestilence)

Australian outfit Halo plays one of the most intense and ugly forms of doom I have heard, sitting quite comfortably next to Khanate's debut, Wormphlegm's demo, Zaraza and more similarly, to Uncertainty Principle. And it's heavy, I mean really fucking heavy, oh and did I mention LOUD? This is stuff to destroy your ears with.

Halo play something along the lines of noise or industrial doom metal, with extremely distorted vocals surrounded by drums that assault your skull like a battering ram, and guitars that scathe you with distortion, all layered in a healthy dose of noise. Like most extreme doom, this album reeks of atmosphere, festering and pulsating with pure hatred and anger, making most brutal death metal sound like a nursery rhyme. The album erupts with a vicious but short assault of noise and distortion with the very short 'Rise' before descending into a very heavy and more atmospheric 'The Entwined', which lumbers along, probably being the most listener friendly of all the album, before degenerating into a much more noisy track complete with massive amounts of feedback and broken samples in 'Now Hollow'. 'Wasps Encircle The Shroud' is quite unsettling, with only drumming and background noise that builds into the destruction of '20000 Tonnes To Smash Matter', which redefines heaviness, with a noise soaked and funeral doom paced dirge of pain and terror, which is continued through the last two tracks of the album as well, which at times delve into almost dark ambient music, particularly in 'Perpetual Rust' which wouldn't sound out of place in a horror movie.

Make no mistake, this is extreme doom, and most will hate it, but for those few who actually enjoyed Uncertainty Principle's 'Sonic Terror', then Halo is for you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Rise
2. The Entwined
3. Now Hollow
4. Wasps Encircle The Shroud
5. 20,000 Tonnes Of Machinery To Smash Matter
6. Perpetual Rust
7. Swarm

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
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