Review 2159 : Subterraen – In the Aftermath of Blight – English

New Subterraen on the way.

After its first creation, the band led by HLVT (guitar/vocals), MLV (drums), CKKP (guitar) and more recently BMR (bass/vocals/keyboards) signs with Frozen Records to unveil its second album, In the Aftermath of Blight.

The band welcomes William Lacalmontie (Ovtrenoir) on vocals for two tracks.

Paving the Way to Oblivion opens with airy notes that gradually fill the air, complemented by a heavier rhythm section that eventually takes over and gradually darkens the sound. The onset of howling marks a new plunge into oppressive darkness, from which a few words of clean vocals and luminous leads nevertheless break through, creating a haunting journey that comes to an end when Poisoned Waters takes over to ensure continuity in their soaring universe. Vocals become more present and more diversified, creating a sort of misty dissonance with the rhythmic basis that bewitches us in no time, transporting our minds into the limbo of its landscape that finally leads us to 10;27, where an ominous melody greets us. Vocals remain anchored in their fascinating duality between aggression and intensity, while occasionally giving way to more minimalist and sometimes even more soothing harmonics that allow us to breathe between two thicker passages, while paving the way for In the Aftermath of Blight, the final track. As well as being the eponymous track, it’s also the longest on the album, and allows the musicians to develop their anguish through an asphyxiating saturation where the jerky rhythm hammers us under ghostly screams, even letting a dreamlike break introduce the haunting final section.

Although still rooted in heaviness, Subterraen sometimes knows how to move away from raw darkness by adding more ethereal influences. In the Aftermath of Blight will surprise you with its diversity and coherence, where its predecessor chose violence.


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