Exhaling the ashes from acrimony, TOTALED materialized in 2017 and recorded it’s ferociously blackened-hardcore debut album “Lament”. While lyrically ruminating in the abstract emptiness of an impervious void and grappling with paradoxical duality, the audial gloom of “Lament” conjures sorrowing burial strings that furiously discharge into an onslaught of punishing resonance wrought with crushing despair, depression, and scavenging hopelessness. Pummeling blasts and d-beats pound into peripherally orbiting shadows of the pixelated black, beneath the pulverizing density of nihilistic bass distortion in a mournful offering of somber funeral strains; The digested celestial nothingness of the eaten, frozen in dimensions of cyclical nooses and gnawing bacterial ether. Conceived incarnations of sorrowful mists from the harvest - Bereaving the morbid light in which we suffer.
21st century death metal has a tough job getting "the hook" right. Brutality, technicality: there is no secret formula to that first 60 seconds but "immediate" is one tack the bold employ, and cratsmen as skilled as BI reap rewards with it. An absolute masterclass in how to deliver a debut full-length, _Starspawn_ stands among maybe half a dozen DM records that offer the same what-the-fuck-is-this? feeling that _Altars of Madness_ had upon its releease 30 years ago. Paul Schwarz
This album sells you in the first two minutes, and you'd pay 6 times again for the rest. A meticulously evil album: subtle war metal? This is a triumph over the border state of noise that so much war metal poignantly collapses in and is a dialed, personal attack, laughing over your disintegrating body. Catchy, pensive, merciless: the best qualities can be seen even in the art, tapping into a vengeful horror without an overt presence. Atmosphere is Leviathan for Infernal Coil. argylesock5