The Pitch: One man UK black/death/noise project Vessel Of Iniquity follow up the excellent debut EP with another excellent short release via Xenoglossy Productions. FFO: Gnaw Their Tongues, Impetuous Ritual, Autokrator
What I Like: Vessel Of Iniquity sounds like a vicious cyclone of razor-sharp nails and firing machineguns. Seriously, the unrelenting blastbeat of opening track "Invocation of the Heart Girt With a Serpent" is rivaled perhaps only by Autokrator in its earth-rending bpm. And although 2019 has only just begun, this may end up being one of my favorite drummer albums of the year. There is no denying the incredible speed, proficiency, and presence of the performance. Thanks to both this and the baleful riffs and atmosphere, Void of Infinite Horror absolutely lives up to its name. It displays everything from overt cataclysmic destruction to more subtle, Loveraftian horrors ("Once More Into the Abyss"). I couldn't tell you how, but somehow the noisey, shrieking guitars on "Babalon" sound more like the tortured cries of the damned than any earthly instrument.
Critiques: "Once More Into the Abyss" is a little too long for an outro. If you're more down with straight droney, atmospheric tracks you'll probably dig it, but I tend to skip over it.
The Verdict: Between the last EP and this follow-up, Vessel Of Iniquity is proving to be an incredibly consistent project. Another act valuing quality over quantity, this 25 or so minutes of music is well worth your time and money. I'll be very interested to hear what a full length might bring in the future.
Flight's Fav's: Invocation of the Heart Girt With a Serpent, Baleful, Mother of Abomination
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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