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Album Of The Month December 2006
Indesinence | ‘Noctambulism’

Every so often something comes out of the blue that just absolutely reduces its contemporaries to musical detritus.

Indesinence, having cut their teeth around London and the Doom underground since their well received demo in 2003, have released a monumental album that has now done just that.

‘Noctambulism’ embodies everything that is still heavy, brutal, dark and true to the real spirit of jet black underground music: a jaw droppingly capable example of real doom / death at its best, unsullied by trend, market, product or anything even remotely connected.

As if an answer to the prayers of those still wringing their hands because records like ‘As The Flower Withers’ can never really exist again, Indesinence have just proved that YES IT IS STILL FUCKING POSSIBLE to write albums of morbid, sanguine genius in precisely its mould.

So why is it so good?

It’s actually a hard question to answer without suggesting that people simply be forced to listen to it if they ever gave a damn about metal or the underground.

It’s just about feel. With a vibe last spotted around about the best bits of Virgin Black’s 2003 masterpiece with hints of Evoken’s ‘Quietus’ and of course that ancient British doom / death heritage we all still hold so dear, it just has the solemn and leaden weight of utter catatonia suffused all through it.

But this is no snooze fest. Indesinece as doom/death par excellence know when to shift, and when to develop.

Just as My Dying Bride in their formative years were equally happy thundering along on the double kick as they were in the low beat counts, these Londoners flit with devastating practicality between slumping dirge and thick, ultra heavy pounding fast riffs.

It’s a perfect mix, and really makes one wonder why the two are rarely allowed to meet any more in the quest for purity of their own ends.

In fact it makes the idea seem patently ridiculous, as the chthonic might of ‘Dusk Towering Forth’ suitably attests.

Buy this at once and do not hesitate until it is out of the jiffy bag and into your stereo on a daily and permanent basis.

It is doom death of the absolutely highest calibre and resolutely excellent.

Frankly it’s a joy to own it.

5 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 13/12/06

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