Malthusian - Below the Hengiform (Invictus Productions)

That's some scary stuff right there...
Release Date: 
5 Apr 2015 - 11:30pm

Ireland's Malthusian caused quite a splash with their debut demo MMXIII (2013, obviously...) and I'm glad to see they have continued their madness with this three track EP entitled Below the Hengiform. It's utter madness and the Irish quartet have again mashed black, doom and death in an inhuman soup of noise that is, quite frankly, terrifying.

There's probably more than a passing nod to sludge here too. All three tracks are pretty long and would lose much of their power if they were over-analysed. This isn't an exercise in intellectualism; it's more a case of sticking this monster on the stereo and letting the goblins run loose. The Gasless Billows kicks off with bestial noises from an airless crypt. fat doomy chords and drums (all hideously distorted) get you reeling all over the place; it's disorientating and could be easily likened to rolling around in your own filth (in a good way). Shouting, roaring and squealing over barrages of drums and a chaotic cacophony of instruments loosens one's grip on normality. I don't know what's right or wrong anymore. But there's order in the chaos as it all gets chanty and ritualistic before Slouching Equinox offers some more insanity - though the form is slightly different, its essence is the same; scary fucking stuff. I'm loving the drumming and the guitars are like an angry wasp trapped in a shop window. Everything slows right down and the fact that this isn't for analysis is driven home again. It's music that you experience as opposed to music that you think about.

Forms Become Vapour pushes the hypnotic blackness further down your throat with moments of lucid restraint but it's too late - you've already signed your soul over to the devil. I really enjoyed this - the whole experience of being simultaneously engaged and terrified by music is a most exhilarating one. If they pull this stuff off in a live setting, you would surely leave the gig wondering what the fuck just happened. Sheer madness.