Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beastmilk - "Use Your Deluge" (2012) [Svart Records]

Beastmilk are a self-proclaimed “apocalyptic post-punk” band, and I couldn't think of a better way to describe the sound of their second release Use Your Deluge. Worry not, this is not another weak attempt at some metal and post-punk hybridization; it's just rock and roll, really. It's loud, driving, and rather fun despite its abysmal themes.

You're atop a mountain of gravel, the noxious bi-product of nearby smoke-stacks clouds out the concrete jungle in the distance. At the base of the pile the fellows in Beastmilk don't do much to comfort you. The vocals of Kvohst (Dødheimsgard, Hexvessel, etc.) are soaring and intimidatingly angelic as always. The heavily distorted guitars seethe with simple, effective chord progressions, reminding me of contemporaries 'A Place to Bury Strangers' in a way. The percussive element is driving with little to no flourishes, merely laying a tom-heavy groundwork that gives the album an almost danceable quality.

The four tracks possess only subtle differences, but are held together with a cohesive vision and atmosphere. A full length of this material would need to possess a much greater spectrum of ideas, but for an EP this works. It's not groundbreaking, nor do the songs have any particularly movement through the work as a whole. Instead we're given a rather innocent apocalyptic glimpse in four equal parts, and for that it works very well on repeat. So go find a factory to trespass on, get drunk, and sway to the deluge.

(Listen to this after the previously reviewed 'Stagnant Waters' album to mellow out.)


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