Holy fack. These guys know how to write SONGS! Their riffy old school death metal stomp is paired with an impeccable eye toward pacing and song structure; everything happens exactly as it should. Long, psychedelic instrumental sections let layers build properly, the songs twist and turn with glee and reckless abandon, and yet it all stays immaculately cohesive. Comfortably AOTY so far!
Favorite track: Blaze Of Bodies.
To start the 2019 campaign off with continued crushing precedent, 20 Buck Spin introduces Portland’s Ossuarium and its debut album “Living Tomb”. Following on the heels of the widely hailed and brutal ‘Calcified Trophies Of Violence’ demo in 2017, Ossuarium’s first full length record reveals immediate maturation to ruinous and overwhelming effect.
A formidable Death/Doom monstrosity where devastating sonic bludgeoning gives way to writhing hallucinations of disemboweling transcendence, Ossuarium conveys the calamitous aura of still burdened souls agonizingly leaving the mortal coil to the region of final darkness and perpetual rot. Time melts away, colorless dreams turn to endless nightmares and the pillars of eternity tremble at the dreadful permanence of the “Living Tomb”.
In crafting its debut album Ossuarium creates a funereal rite of irrevocable passage to the other side. It does so with the grandiose power and putrid elegance of the best in the Death / Doom genre. The “Living Tomb” has opened to wrathful consequence and will never again rest in peace.