THE FOG – PERPETUAL BLACKNESS

“The guitars have a built-in misanthropic mood reminiscent of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost practice, the suffocating howls suggest human beings resigning from life as the heavy drum lashes drag the “blacker than black” compositions forward.”

GENRE: Death/Doom Metal
LABEL: Memento Mori
RUNNING TIME: 48:10
COUNTRY: Germany
YEAR: 2016
LINK: The Fog

TRACKLIST:

  1. Inaneness
  2. Crawling Doom
  3. Entropy Pillars
  4. Creeping Lunacy
  5. Gloom Shoals
  6. Perpetual Blackness
  7. Grievous Scourge

REVIEW: Ready your best Tom G. Warrior death grunt! Some days are just full of hell. The only sensible thing to do is to close the curtains, pull out the absinthe bottle, light a candle or two, kvltify yourself and in a truly grim fashion, ponder if life indeed is a happy song.

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Perpetual Blackness – Artwork credit: Misanthropic Art

The Fog’s debut album is the soundtrack for such occasions. Filthy, minimalistic and very efficient in creating despairing atmospheres. The grim artwork piqued my interest from the get-go; primal, decayed, malevolent, eerie, just like the crawling, blackened death/doom metal within. This is some straightforward, wretched stuff, devoid of apology, whether it’s the horrible slitherings of nine-minute opener “Inaneness” or the swifter minimalism of “Entropy Pillars”, an altar of Hellhammer, Dismember and Autopsy worship giving these ears some great satisfaction.

There’s only perpetual blackness ahead. The guitars have a built-in misanthropic mood reminiscent of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost practice, the suffocating howls suggest human beings resigning from life as the heavy drum lashes drag the “blacker than black” compositions forward. “Grievous Scourge” invokes additional synth work creeping behind the badass heaviness, an effective closer without a doubt.

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The Fog

It’s downright liberating to hear such uncompromising sounds in an age where music is subject to severe devaluation. It’s a simple-minded approach compared to a lot of other stuff out there, but the darkness inside this album is a solid testimonial towards the old school masters of dark, doomy death metal. It is what it is and I approve! Get KVLT’D!

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