Viscera/// - Abaton - Diade(ms)
Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Doom Metal
2 songs (11'52")
Release year: 2015
Reviewed by Alex

The split between Italians Abaton and Viscera/// represents not just doom, but some raw abrasive variety of it. Less experienced Abaton goes first and manages to insert bits of thrash in its otherwise nightmarish experience of Special Needs. Screaming vocals lead the path further into abyss, with steady chords slowly but surely wiped out by the wall of tremolo. The whole experience on Special Needs is pretty dense and rather unwelcoming, probably the way Abaton intended it. A few thrash moments make appearance, but at the end some outro guitar licks is all that is left standing after this drag through the mud.

Viscera/// goes for more individual instrument separation, at least at the beginning, so that you can hear Pandemic gloomy melody playing, or rather droning, through. Not to be outdone by Abaton, however, the composition ditches that approach and shifts to ugliness. It would be up to you to decide whether the mangled thrashing beast of Viscera/// is more sad or pissed off, but prepare to be mowed until the original melody re-emerges in the end.

If some records are meant to remind you that metal is mostly extreme music not for everybody’s listening enjoyment, Diade(ms) split is the perfect example.

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