“Frenzied blastbeats, scorching riffs and distressing overtones, harsh vocals and a cold, mechanized aura, a fine specimen of audio terrorism that would strike fear into most men of power.”
One look at that album cover and linking it to a title like “Disassociation”, you can pretty much tell that this isn´t going to be an album bent on pleasing, it´s going to be harsh and painfully aggressive and offensive in delivery. UK´s Throes´ debut does exactly that, exercising unapologetic musical mayhem within the framework of Death and Black Metal.
The duo produce some hefty stuff on these five tracks. Frenzied blastbeats, scorching riffs and distressing overtones, harsh vocals and a cold, mechanized aura, a fine specimen of audio terrorism that would strike fear into most men of power. From the industrial slithering of opener “Sleepwalker” to the uneasy exit of “Caveat”, “Disassociation” invokes a stark maelstrom from life´s dismal undercurrent with nightmarish depictions that´ll have you biting your nails in zero time.
There´s equal portions of straight up Death Metal tremolo franticness and more atmospheric, dissonant Black Metal. Some tracks have leads and solos, I don´t know… try to imagine a more pissed off, sour version of Zyklon, or a less psychotic version of the sadly defunct Akercocke and you´re pretty close to the sound of Throes.
Lots of sampling goes on throughout the five tracks, pertaining to real human suffering according to the band, which only adds to the overall sickening ambience. The sound is rigid and attacking, that hi-hat alone sounds like the sharpening of several swords, a nasty frequency level for a poor untermensch like yours truly.
These two gents have created something unsettling with “Disassociation”. There´s no denying the compact and murderous songwriting resulting in these utterly intense and savage tracks that still have a form of vicious complexity to them. Onwards ye two people of inflamed rage. Onwards! 8/10