Sure to excite death/doom metal fans, especially those clamouring for and longing to see the return of Australian band diSEMBOWELMENT, the three track release from Inverloch is a formidable and mighty release. Containing two members of that legendary band in guitarist Matthew Skarajew and drummer Paul Mazziotta, the Melbourne quintet open up their account with their debut EP Dusk l Subside, a release of over twenty minutes in length of daunting and challenging atmospheric darkness and consuming doom laden death metal invention. Merging haunting and deeply effecting ambience with giant reverb drenched guitar melodies to overall intense blackened dirge tombs of sound; the EP ignites the senses as equally as they leave them wasted.
From the opening track Within Frozen Beauty the release immerses one within its deep and immense mass. The song slowly seeps and creeps upon the senses with a chilled ambience that grows and expands, its melodic grace wonderfully caressing through the ear as a darkened essence grumbles behind. The song erupts into a prowling come lumbering entity that crawls all over the feelings with pummelling riffs and even more impactful pit borne dirge fuelled vocals. Lurching from slow to a more enthused pace with scorched guitar melodies and intertwined play the song is an impressive and masterful piece of composing and its realisation. Ending on a stark desolate ambience the track leaves one with thoughts and emotions ignited.
The Menin Road is a malevolent consumption of the body, the down tuned dirge so heavy and cold it makes funereal sounds seem party like. The track oozes evil, acrid intent dripping off every word from the bile spewed vocals. The track is a leviathan of shadows and deeper blackness, its provocative and deep probing malice led venomous fingers an intrusion that leaves one cold and fearful wonderfully. The piece links the opener to the closing Shadows Of The Flame, both songs bookending it with inspired and blackened progressive craft and spite. The third of the three combines the more dare one say vibrant essence of Within Frozen Beauty and the minimalist doomed breath of The Menin Road. It is the perfect closer to the release like an inescapable closure for light and life.
Dusk l Subside out via Relapse Records is an epic beast of a release even in its relatively short form and will send doom and death metal enthusiasts into raptures. With still ever present hopes from their fans that diSEMBOWELMENT will return again, Inverloch are more than an impressive and satisfying alternative and in many ways a band one can see surpassing even the legends before them.