Music does not have to be fast, furious and brutal to be extreme. It can also be slow and sludgy, and Italian doomsters' Malasangre's third full-length effort Lux Deerit Soli falls under the second category of musical extremity.
With only two tracks, each of which is around 35 minutes long, Malasangre make use of repetitions of riffs made of droning notes and heavy, doom-laden figures accompanied by very heavy drumbeats and shrouded in a veil of dark atmosphere. Adding a sense of tortured dynamics to the overall picture, the heavy and doomy sections intertwine with quiet atmospheric passages, which complete the the picture.
While the two tracks on the album are solidly rooted in the doom and sludge genres, the production is very fuzzy and unpolished and has more of a black metal feel to it. Similarly, the vocals are kept harsh and screechy and are also derived from the black metal universe.
If you are into heavy, slow and oppressive sludgy doom metal with touches of black black metal – and you have the time for it (because this is music that you have to take the time for and concentrate on) – then you should definitely give Lux Deerit Soli a listen.
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