FLESHPRESS "No Return" MCD 6€
(Kult of Nihilow)
One of two recent EPs released by the Finnish sludgelords Fleshpress, "No Return" is a nightmare of a million eyes, an outburst of misanthropic black energy lashing out at the world surrounding them. Featuring two long tracks, the disc comes in at around twenty two minutes, but every second is weighed down with some of the heaviest, most torturous psychedelic doom you could ask for. The first song is called "Dead End Life Crawling Thru Shit and Blood Soul Burning" and isn't subtle about what sort of mood they're in; a slow, determined drum plod opens this joined by a lumbering bass line and soft delayed guitar forming into dark hovering chords, and it's quite minimal and somber at first. As ululating electronic cries and the sound of sparking circuitry drifts in from afar, it begins to blossom into ominous slow motion black doom, coming together into a saurian dirge as the guitar gets heavier, the bass rises to the fore, until the music suddenly lurches into a monstrous blown-out dirge, a crushing mid-tempo groove surrounded by those strange electronic noises and psychedelic fx. Deep chanting vocals show up towards the end, right before the song bursts without warning into fast paced crusty thrash, ending the song in an uproar of grinding Disrupt-esque thrash. The arcane "Spiral Filter Forcing You Down to Black Pyramid" starts with a watery, flanged guitar before dropping into the rhythmically crushing demon-boogie, a sort of swinging doomcrust of putrid snarling vokills, angular Southern sludge riffage and swampy, bloozy soloing that winds its way through the almost the entire song. Later on, it dissipates into pure cosmic whoosh, a long stretch of space noise and swirling black hole fx with just the fading pulse of the drums and bass keeping it from completely drifting into the abyss, then re-emerges as a pounding tribal metal outro at the end. Grisly, human-hating psych sludge.
FLESHPRESS "Rebuild-Crumble" MCD 6€
(Kult of Nihilow)
Something of a concept EP concerned with the act of natural creation and the law of entropy as it applies to the ephemeral state of humankind's achievements, "Rebuild/Crumble" is one of two great Eps that have come out recently from the mighty Fleshpress, those Finnish sludgelords who poison their grueling, grinding slow motion heaviness with a terminally hateful worldview and some interesting psychedelic elements. Clocking in at just under twenty minutes, this two song disc might be on the short side, but it's unrelenting in it's skull-crushing heaviness. "Rebuild" opens with looped backwards sound and airy room hiss, a strange environmental ambience that becomes filled with swells of feedback that converge into a moody post-rock instrumental. Twangy clean guitar ripples over shuffling slow-paced drums, and for a moment, Fleshpress seem to be channeling the brooding slowcore of Codeine. Then, out of nowhere they kick into a lurching crusty assault, snarling sludge that abruptly shifts gears and slows down into even more sluggish depths of heaviness before grinding back into the droning sludge. In response, "Crumble" layers slow pounding toms, mysterious scraping sounds and percussive clanking in an unsettling abstract intro; an ominous guitar melody creeps in, again forming into sinister slowcore, but slowly building into another blast of snarling apocalyptic sludge, and this time when the band peaks into the crushing riffs and thunder of tribal drumming, it has this Amebix / Neurosis-like vibe, all bleakly apocalyptic till they suddenly drop out at the end, with just a dark, ominous piano minor key melody hovering in the blackness. Packaged in a card sleeve with metallic silver printing.