Dutch post-metal combo Dodecahedron (previously known as Order of the Source Below) emerged abruptly as creative pupils of Gorguts and Deathspell Omega
on Dodecahedron (Season Of Mist, 2012) thanks to compositions that
are not only brutal but also disorienting.
Allfather pairs the demonic fury of the blastbeats with
the proud agony of the growling singer under a
torrential rain of clawing guitar riffs, only briefly interrupted by
slower pauses, but the
self-igniting fireworks of Chronocrator burn off in
slower sections of chaotic hiccup
and the music almost come to a grinding standstill in the middle
only to resume in a suddenly majestic tone.
For six minutes the guitars and drums of
Vanitas patiently swirl around the deformed growl like vultures
waiting to strike, and then, when the strike comes, the flow is fragmented,
disordered, unstable, far from the cascading lightning bolts than one expected.
And then Descending Jacob's Ladder is pure atmosphere, with little or
no "metal" music, just sound effects, electronics, whispers, reverbs, and
a terrifying sense of cavernous space.
That's the ideal introduction to the journey to hell that follows.
The 22-minute three-movement suite View From Hverfell opens with the
solemn invocation of Head Above The Heavens that ends in a sea of
cryptic noise. The second part, Inside Omnipotent Chaos, resurrects
the blast-beat and the hysterical guitar strumming but the massacre only lasts
a few minutes before imploding in another feeble lattice of free-form sound
and quasi-jazz jamming. The last section,
A Traveller Of The Seed Of The Earth, transforms a brainy, convoluted
a frenzied instrumental coda that evokes universal fire via a passage of
droning cosmic music.
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