Hissing & Abstracter at Old Nick's Pub
Seattle, Washingtons Hissing engage in dark, dissonant, cacophonous, inverted death metal noise and with their debut LP, Permanent Destitution, the three-piece have created a nihilistic vision of deranged otherworldly audial pandemonium. A soundscape of pure enveloping darkness and unrelenting chaos, Permanent Destitution deconstructs and builds itself through the walls and layers of pummeling audial turmoil and disarray generated through twisted angular guitar work and fretboard annihilation, surgically cold yet constructed and calculated death march drum ornamentations and monolithic bass pulsations that become interspersed with an overall dark overbearing ambience. With already being at the mercy of HISSINGs punishing sound fabric, that added touch of droning noise segments, also crucial to HISSINGs sound, mixed with the doomy industrial components become that final element to make Permanent Destitution a towering monument of primal avant-deathnoise.
"On the Bandcamp page for Abstracters third full-length album, Cinereous Incarnate, the band share a suitably bleak quote from Neil GaimanHell is something you carry with you, not somewhere you go. In turn, Cinereous Incarnateashen-grey in human formis a foreboding dirge, meditating on a dark world caked in ash, resulting from all the Earths nuclear arsenal detonating at once.
Cinereous Incarnate is a big step for Abstracternot only does it see the addition of Adam Gambel on drums, but it features synthetic soundscapes by Kevin Gan Yuen of experimental project Sutekh Hexen, as well as dark industrialist Only Now. The band admit in an interview with Indy Metal Vault that adding Gambel has allowed them to make double-bass and blast beats a pillar of [their] sound. This may sound like going for speed, though most songs here feature an ebb and flow of BPM, but Abstracter really gets its power from scale and sound. Aside from two ambient interludes, every song on the album traipses through black, death, doom, and noise territory for close to 10 minutes.
From the get-go, Nether, the albums first song, takes the listener from a droning industrial section and ejects them into a sinister, thick guitar line bolstered by blast beats. By the time Mattia Alagnas wet growl comes in, sunshine is far, far away. Wings of Annihilation is similarly cinematicfollowing a tense, sparse instrumental section, heavy drums kick in and Alagnas slow death croak emerges. As the track progresses, it builds and crashes between quicker black metal passages and doom breaks, culminating in high-octane blast beats that give way to a crushingly sweet payoff.
Few, if any, moments of rest exist on Cinereous Incarnateeven the ambient passages are anxiety-inducing, uneasy meditations on empty space. Abstracter build to a fever pitch and then wipe the slate clean, over and over again. This is the sound of destruction." - Bandcamp Daily
Local support by Lodge Of The Empty Bed (Ex-Arkhum, Maestus, GRST)
Old Nick's Pub (View)
211 Washington Street
EUGENE, OR 97402
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
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