Binah | ‘Phobiate’
Only the other week I was wondering aloud what had happened to Osmose over recent years.
So I decided to go on a bit of a hunt down the current roster.
The result? A flattening album of the month from Binah, whose dark, powerful Doom/Death should be atop of your playlists as the flowers wither this year.
Not just them, though: Code, Esoteric and Pantheist as well.
But Binah’s is a bit more of a pacy sound than any of those might suggest.
Where Indesinence and Esoteric lumbered in the cruellest corners of funeral Doom (albeit very differently), Binah’s is a much more up tempo proposition, loading blasts and pace into the mix.
There are real nods to Bolt Thrower all over this, with kick drums that sound not so much kicked as stamped hard all over the floor in that classic old death metal way.
The guitars are huge and gravelly, helping tracks like ‘The Silent Static’ build to wall of sound climaxes by their end.
Tonally it’s classic portentous, ever building, hammering old death metal with a certain dash of groove, recalling Asphyx at times, but more often that unforgettable old early 90s death doom dynamic.
There’s a bloodlust speed in it too, where tracks like ‘Consuming Repulse’ race forward in a focused, angry bellow.
I’m not sure why either they or Osmose have elected to put ‘Dream Paralysis’ out as the early release song – thought it’s cracking, it doesn’t really reflect the best of the rest of the album – so make sure and listen to the whole thing.
In fact the only poor thing about it is the cover art, which just feels a bit late ’80s bargain bin. It’s the only thing that lets it down, but hardly worth worrying about for a release of this quality.
Absolutely fantastic, hard, heavy and dark death metal: check it out.
4.6 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 14/09/18