Reviews – Ex Oblivion – BLABBERMOUTH.NET

01. Ex Oblivion
02. Killed By Loss of life (MOTÖRHEAD Cowl)
03. Commit Suicide (GG ALLIN Cowl)
04: Sombre Ruins Nothing Stays (RKGD Audio Remix)
05. Homicide Legendre

At all times extra in embarking upon a singular darkish musical journey fairly than strictly adhering to any strict playbook’s guidelines, TOMBS‘ focus is on a left-field method towards revelatory musical expression as a substitute of mind-numbing allegiance to drained tropes. The Brooklyn-based act returns with “Ex Oblivion”, a five-song EP together with new music, a remixed monitor and a few attention-grabbing covers. Whereas the discharge might tide followers over between full-length albums, there’s little shock that TOMBS has but once more doled out music that issues.

The unit’s ongoing inventive depth is sensible contemplating that its driving power, frontman Mike Hill, is a workaholic who stays lively in a broad array of endeavors. Although he was beforehand identified for his work with ANODYNE, Mike‘s musical resume consists of OTIS, KING GENERATOR, VERSOMA, SCORPION THRONE and VASILEK. What’s extra, he has his personal espresso firm; he is concerned with a number of music and horror podcasts; and he is a print and on-line journalist. His inventive depth and vitality shine brightly all through “Ex Oblivion”.

The haunting, opening title monitor, impressed by the H.P. Lovecraft story of the identical title, is knowledgeable musically by goth rock as a lot as it’s by black steel, merging hard-hitting rhythms, soul-stirring guitar melodies, Hill‘s venomous black steel screeches and his Andrew Eldritch-esque melodic vocals. TOMBS‘ attention-grabbing tackle MOTORHEAD‘s traditional “Killed By Loss of life” follows. It is true to the unique, although it sounds fully totally different as a result of TOMBS works from a completely totally different sort of template. And if that track does not sound as if the uber dank TOMBS is definitely having enjoyable, the GG ALLIN cowl, “Commit Suicide”, strikes with an much more upbeat assault, despite the satirically counterpointing nihilism inherently tied to the supply track’s thematic backdrop. Apparently, the ghost of CARNIVORE-era Pete Steele comes by Hill‘s supply right here.

If these alternatives weren’t formidable sufficient and efficiently pulled off, TOMBS reaches additional with the remix of “Sombre Ruins”. The track initially appeared on the 2020 full-length “Underneath Sullen Skies”. Now titled “Sombre Ruins Nothing Stays (RKGD Audio Remix)”, Hill‘s longtime pal Alap Momin (aka Oktopus, previously of experimental/industrial hip-hop outfit DALEK) takes the track to a unique degree completely, one coloured by a foreboding digital soundscape. The track segues seamlessly into the EP’s finale, “Homicide Legendre”, a minimalist sonic expertise constructed upon an eerie and addictively repetitive keyboard sequence and deep, spoken-word vocals.

TOMBS’ genre-defying nature is solely a given contemplating its output over the past 15 years. However with “Ex Oblivion”, the experimental band ups the ante on what they had been doing earlier than. Positive, the hybrid of black steel, post-metal, sludge and post-punk stay, however the goth rock and industrial touches have by no means been so apparent.

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