Corpsessed- Abysmal Threshold (Dark Descent)

Lovely sludgy death metal.
Release Date: 
3 Feb 2014 - 11:30pm

When one hears of a new band playing old-school death metal these days it's almost impossible not to think of that band aping the Sunlight Studios/Stockholm sound. Any review will doubtlessly contain obligatory comparisons/references to Entombed, Dismember and Grave. The whole business of reviewing can become rather tedious when you have to write about Left Hand Path  mark 800. Which is why I breathed a sigh of relief when the delightfully named Corpsessed's debut album wasn't yet another case of Stockholm (sound) Syndrome.

Instead, what we're treated to is a sound that's every bit as extreme and rooted in the old-school, but is much more murky and doom-laden. It's clear that these Finnish lads are graduates from the Celtic Frost and Autopsy schools of thought and everything from the deviously droning guitars to the black tar gurgle of the vocals that sit low in the mix create a loathsome atmosphere that's definitely not for the faint-hearted.

The inclusion of these doom elements also helps the band sound suitably heavy in a modern context, as opposed to a mere throwback band. The droning riffs on Trepanation could have been used on a Ruins of Beverast record, while the tempo changes in Sovereign show the band is capable of launching a full-frontal attack when not stewing in sludge. With that said the two tempos that the band generally favours are slow and slower. The production is suitably low-fi, creating just enough murk for the instruments to individually stick out, without sacrificing menace.

Much like a lot of other death-doom records, getting through Abysmal Thresholds in one sitting can turn into something of an endurance contest. This is accentuated by the rather one-gear performance the band tends to stick to. This is not to say that the band is poor at what they do, it's the nature of this kind of music to be challenging to sit through in long increments. You'd just have to be in the mood to fully immerse yourself in a pit of black bile to get through the whole thing.

Death metal fans in the mood for something truly sickly, I recommend you check this out. Just maybe blast a few songs at a time.