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Review

Cosmic Putrefaction – At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm

Band: Cosmic Putrefaction
Album: At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm
Label: I, Voidhanger
Genre: Death Metal
Country: Italy
Release Date: April 19th, 2019

Cosmic Putrefaction, helmed by multi-instrumentalist G.G. (The Clearing Path and Summit), releases his debut full-length death metal record, At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm. Cosmic Putrefaction started initially as EP of older material, and it has come to us, morphed into a full-length psychological and existential nightmare. G.G., teaming up with Brendan Sloan (Convulsing) and XN (Hadit) for a couple of tracks, parts ways from his old paths and explores some death metal that seems to be dragged up from the depths of the mud, or maybe, it has been plunged into the mud from the depths of space. At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm brings us into the world of a doomed space explorer ultimately meeting a slumbering entity – I’m imaging a deeply dark and menacingly beckoning black hole –  in the depths of space only to be destroyed or consumed by it, a true nightmare that comes together in a brutally cosmic and infinitely heavy album.

We’re introduced to the album through a track called The Perpetual Orbit. With slow, echoing guitars, we are wrapped in a feeling of impending doom. It is at once peaceful, melancholic, and ominous. The guitars seem to circle the listener, providing a claustrophobic atmosphere until the full array of instruments are added into the mix. The distorted whispering vocals add an element of enduring creepiness and a feeling ancient doom to the track that transitions quite easily into the rest of the album.

I’m a sucker for existential dread and nightmarish scenarios. The Acrimonious Darkness presents both concepts over slowly trudging, floating riffs and with a set of lyrics that introduce us to the overarching narrative of the entire album. A wary traveler aboard this vessel in orbit can see the bitter darkness begin to consume all that surrounds them. All the while, we are presented with epic old school influenced death metal that is satisfying to even the most dogged and grizzled listener of extreme music.

The Outermost Threat – Parts I and II are two of the best and representative tracks on the record. It’s the climax. After the beast has awoken from its eternal slumber, a punishing track shows the power of that cosmic being. Cosmic Putrefaction, in all its bleakness presents us with a beautiful interlude after part one. Its simple relief can only be imagined as a sort of inevitable death looming. With lyrics about the ability to overthrow even suns’ empires, we know what kind of monster we are dealing with. This sets up a beautiful transition into one of the most dynamic tracks on the record, The Ruinous Downfall. With the addition of Brendan Sloan to the track, I imagine that he had some influence on the music. We get one of the best songs on the album, Brendan adding an additional depth to it that is supremely appreciated.

The closing track, The Dismal Black Nothingness, is indeed the heaviest piece on the record. We get some sampling and some pounding kicks that result in an incredible closure to the album. Imagine a vessel floating through the blackness, consumed by the abyss. Fitting enough, we get a Nietzsche reference repeated again – after an appearance in The Ruinous Downfall as well – “Stare long into the abyss, (and) the abyss will stare back into you”.

The tale of the death of a cosmic explorer is wrapped in some of the best instrumental and production work I’ve heard so far this year. Being a big a fan of suffering-laden philosophical concepts and bleakness in general, At the Threshold of the Greatest Chasm is a very promising and intense debut from someone that, once again, proves his ability to make a solid and heavy record good enough for die-hard fans of extreme metal.

Rating: 7.5/10

Tracklist:

  1. The Perpetual Orbit
  2. The Acrimonious Darkness
  3. The Unheard Shrieks
  4. The Herald Prophecy
  5. The Ancient Demagogue
  6. The Outermost Threat – Part I
  7. The Outermost Threat – Part II
  8. The Ruinous Downfall
  9. The Dismal Black Nothingnes

Total Playing Time: 28:28

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