Nov. 15, 2017


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The Pitch: "In solidarity with Lihhamon, and in the name of the label’s continuing goal of hastening the demise of the plague of humankind, Nuclear War Now! is pleased to hereby offer the first LP version of this document of unspeakable atrocities." FFO: Vermin Womb, Crypt Rot, Epoch

What I Like: Crude and lewd. Between the grim black and white cover art and the music itself, I was getting more than a few Ethan McCarthy vibes from Lihhamon. They possess the same level of depraved deathgrind and crust of Vermin Womb while incorporating a few BM elements as well. The tremolos and blastbeats of "Hostes" and triumphant, doomy intro of "Cadaver Synod" in particular convey a more blackened approach to oppression. Regardless, Doctrine is a vicious blitz on the listener, broken up only by the brief interludes carefully placed throughout the 30 minute runtime. This bodes well for the pacing. Lihhamon ramp up the ultraviolence as much as possible in concentrated doses while offering dark reprieves to amplify the contrast. More than anything you'll end up feeling dirty and violated.

Critiques: The later tracks feel a bit more generic. I don't find myself as wrapped up in the negativity due to the lacking memorable moments.

The Verdict: Lihhamon don't serve up too many surprises on Doctrine, but even so they manage to leave a sizeable impression both on my mind and physically into my skull. If you worship all things heavy and find yourself drawn to grim and grimy acts like Vermin Womb, definitely check this out.

Flight's Fav's: Genocide Crusade, Throne of Eradication, Hostes

-Review by FlightOfIcarus

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