Damaged, druggy, demented, fried, freaked out, totally baffling, ultra personal, maddeningly idiosyncratic, warped and lo-fi, buzzy and doomy, grim and frosty and far fucking out, outsider black metal from the dark woods of FInland. A blackness so bizarre and confusionally brilliant, Wrest from Leviathan could barely handle the Dead Reptile Shrine!
A stumbling, staggering black metal buzz, struggling through walls of haze and fuzz, sounds a bit like a Burzum record with someone constantly fiddling with the pitch control, a warbly seasick black droning whir, with splattery drums, clanging super loud cymbals, and some of the weirdest vocals ever, going from the evil black metal rasp, to an atonal Jandekian croon, to a strange falsetto, to a warm whiskey soaked growl, often within the same song, sometimes within the same line! Murky and thick with oozing black atmosphere, loping doom dirges, suddenly stumble into a fenzied freakout, racing along at breakneck (for DRS at least) speeds, threatening to fall apart completely, riffs sometimes stumble to a halt, before lurching back into action, rhythms stutter, pause, leap forward, the vocals a chaotic swirl around the rickety song structures, minor key melodies and woozy guitars tangle and untangle as the songs slither and slide, leap and careen wildly, warbly mumbly soundscapes of droning rumble and otherworldly creaks and groans, spoken word over chanting monks, electronic beatscapes with garbled growls and haunting clean vocals, haunting folky interludes, throaty crooned vocals and deliberately stummed steel string guitar, a sort of Jandekian forest folk, with riffs that almost sound like Nirvana, albeit a much more black and damaged Nirvana. Like a blackened version of some lost Uton or Avarus recording, or a furtively captured Tivol live session, black metal with a haunting wild woods feral feeling. A fearful traipse through a black forest, the overhanging trees blotting out the moonlight, the sounds of the forest a murky buzz, insects and demons, wild beasts and lost souls. A baffling and frightening sonic world that should appeal to metalhead and free folkie alike.
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