ANHEDONIST “Netherwards” LP

ANHEDONIST (US) “Netherwards” LP (Nuclear Winter Records/Parasitic Records) 13€

Doom/death has returned in the forefront of the underground scene these last years. I can’t complain since I basically got into the underground scene thanks to doom/death bands of the early 90’s and the whole genre and sound mean so much to me. Admittedly, and like in every other revival-ish movement, there are a few outstanding acts and a bunch of followers. Anhedonist are unmistakeably leaders!

“Neterwards” is more deathy and majestically intense than their already excellent “The Drear” demo (pressed by Parasitic Records on 180g wax). This is premium fucking doom/death ladies and gentlemen. Bands like dISEMBOWELMENT are certainly big influences but what I like the best about Anhedonist’s style is that they mix both the european and U.S. schools of the genre. Except the more obvious forefathers (eg. early My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Brutity, Incantation) they also remind more underground acts such as Thergothon, Enchantment…

The production is top notch across these 4 long tracks. The artwork is staggeringly beautiful, courtesy of Alexander “Bad News” Brown of the Witchrist fame. Essential!

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Collector’s data:

  • 12-page booklet
  • We have the black vinyl version, limited to 350 copies.
  • Comes in a plastic protective sleeve.

~ by Πάνος Αγόρος on September 15, 2012.

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