AMERICAN BLACK/SLUDGE/DOOM METAL
8/10 – LUKE HAYHURST
It may only be three tracks in length but do not be fooled. The third full length offering from US black/sludge/doom quartet is a full forty five minutes and more of blackened down tuned apocalyptic music, signed by totalrust music and released for consumption and enjoyment. Enjoy you will too I reckon as the agonizingly slow and tortured “Mother Abyss” gets things underway in a particularly bleak and threatening vein, as you’d expect! Further monolithic machinations occur during the fourteen minute epic that is “There Will Never Be Light Again” and here Highgate demonstrate the desperate cries, blackened soul and down tuned energy with which they make their own blood curdling sound. Finishing with the title track “Survival” the band kick in with tonnes of reverb and static before a hideous, monstrous sound kicks in, crashing and crushing riffs that fall to the ground like anvils from the top of a high rise, this is deep, dirty and heavy, as is the whole album!