Of Psalms And Snakes by Their Throats Are Open Tombs

Release date: March 22, 2019
Label: The Fear and the Void Recordings

Here is a band with a very different approach to things. With their five, rather anonymous band members spread across the globe, the goal of Their Throats Are Open Tombs is to spread their message of intolerance of the religious and morally contemptible elite with their radical approach to noise. This is a nihilistic journey from the first to the last note and there is a serious amount going on in the intervening twenty minutes.

Opening track ‘Nachsinnen’ gives off a grand feeling with some keyboards and synth building for 60 seconds of unsettling vibes before ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ throws your straight in to the action. Raw chaotic grindcore that throws in a few electronic sounds and hints at the chaos to come. The first half of the album is more grind orientated with different influences just about coming through the muddy production, which at times helps the tracks, but other times frustrates the listener as it can become a bit of a mess. ‘Statement of Intent’ closes out the first part of the album with a healthy dose of 90’s style industrial grind.

The second half of the album takes on a very different path, with the more electronic side taking over and the guitars taking more of a back seat. ‘Agnus Dei’ has touches of GGFH at the start, with the electronic sounds and heavily distorted “halleluljah” before the relentless pounding drums come back to great effect. ‘Rejoice’ has a largely drum and bass backdrop, and features little in the way of guitars but it still manages to be just as aggressive as anything else on here. ‘Forgotten Man’ is another heavily electronic track and is very claustrophobic and closed in, and ‘Heilseger Gesang’ sounds like something that could have come from Nine Inch Nail’s seminal Fixed remix EP.

There is certainly no messing about here, and if you aren’t too aware of the band (as I wasn’t before hearing this), there is no time to adapt to what you are hearing. It’s uneasy listening and proudly so. A challenging but rewarding listen as there is much to take in. So much of the rawer side of extreme metal is about the production (or lack of) with little thought given to bringing anything else in. To have kept that rawness, but still feature the heavily produced electronic side of it really gives it something new. It’s definitely not for everyone, and the production may put some people off, but fans of noisy, nihilistic rage should be able to find something here.

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