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...and fathomless emptiness of space will cease... - 89%

Wilytank, September 12th, 2014

I find that as a connoisseur of metal music I don't listen to a whole lot of stuff that has a feel-good tone to it, and I find that I'd much rather music that conveys the exact opposite feeling. Now I don't mean depressive music per se (not all the time anyway) but rather music that is just downright unnerving. Music that makes me feel like there's something extremely wrong in this plane of existence, that something bad is going to happen to everything on an unfathomable scale, and that there's nothing anybody can do to stop it. Such is the experience with Antediluvian's sophomore release λόγος.

Antediluvian follow a death metal formula similar to that of Mitochondrion, Portal, and Impetuous Ritual. They make this chaotic and dissonant sound that also sounds ancient and esoteric due to the primitive sounding production on this album, and really that's what λόγος is all about. This whole album sounds like the destruction of the universe as inscribed on ancient stone tablets many eons ago, and the uneasiness that accompanies that idea is constant throughout the album.

As such, λόγος is one of those albums that's best listened to from beginning to end. However, each of the songs on here have their own discordant melody to make them memorable even if it's not particularly easy to pick them up on the first listen. Establishing them though gives some well needed landmarks throughout the album to give the listener a sense of progress such as the steady kick drum passages on "Towers of Silence", the crushing opening riff on "Nuclear Crucifixion (Turning the Spear Inwards)", or the pitch bending on "On the Tree of LIfe and Death". The guitars, besides laying down the relentless riffs, also provide some tormented sounding solos on each of the songs to compound the unease. Even the ambiance in between the songs is welcome; I'd almost call them a necessity because they actually provide a lot as the album passes through.

The vocals though are an absolute treat. They're this layered sounding low growl that sounds like the voice of a daemon lord whispering apocalyptic prophecies. That's what they'll sound like as you progress through this 34 minute path towards eschaton. They're dark, unsettling, and sound like they're reciting the lyrics in some D&D styled abyssal language. Even when they're relegated to quieter mumbling during the ambiance between the songs they sound excellent.

I have to give props to one track on this album more than the others though. As this album goes on through the chaos, eventually it reaches the final track "Death Meta" which is easily the cornerstone of the album due to how beautifully it brings the whole experience to a close. It's noticeably slower than the rest of the tracks, but this only makes the experience even more unnerving as the final push towards the end of time is made. It's apparent from the slow to start riff progression coming off of the interlude ambiance at the start to the distorted freestyle ending alongside the prophetic sounding spoken word passage that this track is the best way to end the album as the universe finally collapses.

Listening to λόγος feels like a bit of a trial, but it's an extremely fun trial once you get used to it and it's easily one of the better products of this niche of death metal. Antediluvian definitely have a good thing going for them right now, and after listening to this I just wonder what alternate tale of Armageddon they will tell in the future.

Antediluvian- λόγος - 89%

Buarainech, January 31st, 2014

When Antediluvian completed their transformation from just another Incantation clone into one of Black/Death Metal's most incorrigibly individual beasts with their Through The Cervix Of Hawaah début album it was a moment of complete serendipitous nature. An album so uncompromising and birthed in such an abyssous black hole of musical evolution should not have been stacked with such memorable, in some cases downright catchy, riffs and songs, but impossibly it was. Rather than try to repeat the experiment Antediluvian have chosen to strangle out all lingering rays of light in their burnt out musical star and in every respect from the artwork to the music itself this is a much more inaccessible and suffocating listen, and opening track “Homunculus Daimon-Eon” is as confrontational as this music gets.

That is not to say that by excluding part of what made Through The Cervix... so special they have made themselves any less intriguing, or that an album of this chaotic calibre required any less songwriting acumen. If anything, given the way some of the songs blend together (or perhaps bleed together is a better analogy) this is an even greater achievement in the songwriting department, especially as with repeated listens nuances do drip through the cracks. “Beyond Diurnal Winds” for example carries a bit of groove in spite of the rhythmic obnoxiousness, “Towers Of Silence” swells with a deeply buried trickle of melody and the twisted guitar leads of “Consumate Spellbound Synapses” are definitely there, just in a much more obscure and occult fashion than on the previous album. Logos then is a much more challenging experience (after the debut 2 years ago who thought that would have been possible!), but also much more of a grower. After first hearing this you may feel agitated, disorientated, maybe even raped- but as this album continues to open up it will envelope you just as Through The Cervix... did.

As the album reaches its fullest mass of inescapable density on “The Ash And The Stars” this new, even more uncompromising mode is revealed to be part of the album's integral theme, the inversion and self-destruction of the creative process to produce these songs of pure sonic black anti-matter. Too much counterpointing of this with opportunities to breath, or (even more importantly given the anti-intellect theme) to think would run counter to this motif, but a little bit of repose allowed by the brief ambient intro to album centrepiece “Transept Of Limbs” that is quickly snuffed out and fractured again helps connect the musical and ideological mantras even more concisely.

The guitar soloing, if such a distraught noise can even be called that, on this song is the pinnacle of Antediluvian's sonic mission, an utterly demented tainting and distorting of the Death Metal orthodoxy. It is as though Death Metal was a literal force it has long since died and been driven insane in purgatory or some far-flung obsidian astral plane. The memories of a more sonically pleasing time on earth remain, but can only be reassembled in a frightening, jumbled Frankensteinian form that is at once recognisable and horrifyingly otherly. Especially to those unaccustomed to this particular breed of Death Metal this is damn near unlistenable, but there is no denying that musically and artistically Antediluvian are one of the most intriguing bands in Metal right now. [8/10]

From WAR ON ALL FRONTS A.D. 2013 zine- www.facebook.com/waronallfronts

Loving You Hating Me - 82%

HeySharpshooter, June 3rd, 2013

Few bands receive as much universal praise and are endowed with as many accolades as the mighty Antediluvian, and deservedly so. The bands last two releases, Through the Cervix of Hawaah and the brilliant split with Adversarial Initiated in Impiety as Mysteries, have set the standard for atmospheric, suffocating occult black/death; terrifying and twisted in ways few artists have been able to match while developing a sound which sits on wholly unique ground. Its been a truly horrendous transformation for an artist which started out as merely another Incantation-clone, and as λόγος(Logos) shows, it is a metamorphosis which is not yet complete.

Its a very subtle evolution on λόγος from the bands two previous albums; crushing, massive black/death riffs, twisted progressions, wild and chaotic drumming tempos and Nabucodnosor's squishy guttural vocals are still the centerpiece of Antediluvian's sound and λόγος is no exception from the bands two previous releases. The devil is(probably literally) in the details here; λόγος is a more technical, chaotic, avant-garde release than I was really expecting from these Canadians. While Through the Cervix and Initiated in Impiety had these inhuman, disjointed chaotic moments, they were tempered by plenty of rhythmically un-obtuse sections and lots of doom-y repose. Yet these moments have almost completely disappeared from λόγος, and instead the album is dominated by the gnarled and truculent compositions, creating a level of density few albums possess.

Its probably seems insane to think of anything from Antediluvian as "catchy," but going back to Through the Cervix in particular I was struck by just how many memorable many of the tracks were. The crushing grooves of "Luminous Harvest" and the blistering yet simple assaults of "Turquoise Infidel" could really stick with you well after the fact, and despite the albums truly insane moments and thick atmosphere it was an album which felt grounded in good old fashion neck snapping death metal. λόγος on the other hand is far more relentless and rhythmically chaotic: the drumming of Mars Sekhmet is far more turbulent and disjointed, and rarely is there ever a moment to hang your hat on, while the noisy elements of Antediluvian's sound have far exceeded previous releases. Her performance on the kit is daunting to be sure, and those looking for neck surgery are the only ones who should even attempt to do anything even close to head bang.

The subtly of this is key here, and λόγος still feels and sounds very much like an Antediluvian release. "The Ash and the Stars" twists and turns in the hurricane winds, and evokes the nightmares of ancient spirits with dissonant leads and swirling riffs. "Nuclear Crucifixion(Turning the Spear Inward)" has some of the few remnants of catchiness and memorability left on this album, though it would have been the most chaotic track on Through the Cervix; it has some driving Incantation-style tremolo-picked assaults and some softer, less compositionally dense moments that offer a small reprieve from the onslaught. "Towers of Silence" is truly an abomination, a bleak and devastating slice of blackened death metal with perhaps the most ironic title ever, as the density and noise on this track is simply overwhelming.

If I can levy any major complaints at λόγος, they lie with the production: the drum sound is very hollow and while balanced with the mix seem loud, especially the snare, and the guitars sound much thinner and uglier than the warmness of Through the Cervix or Initiated in Impiety. With how chaotic and dense the drumming is, the drum sound can become very obnoxious. Its not a bad production mix per-se, but in comparison to previous releases this might be my least favorite since the bands early, nearly unlistenable demo material.

But from a song writing perspective, I find λόγος to be a slightly inferior album to Through the Cervix of Hawaah. I find myself impressed with the bands continued foray to relentless chaos and utter hatred for their listeners, but part of me misses those truly memorable moments of the past. I get far too much of a Portal vibe from λόγος, and while this album quite easily destroys anything that Portal have ever released on every conceivable level, it still suffers from too much noise and inhuman tempos to be truly enjoyable all the time. λόγος offers more good than bad to be sure, but be prepared for an album which will quite literally hate you to death.

Rating: 8.5/10

originally posted at http://curseofthegreatwhiteelephant.blogspot.com/