Monday, 12 October 2015

RECITATION - Carrion (Album Review)

Release date: October 09th 2015. Label: Indisciplinarian. Formats: DD/Vinyl

Carrion – S/T - Tracklisting

1.Carrion 27:12

Band Members:

J. S. Jarlstrøm
S. Kaarsberg
M. Niemann


Recitation is a new band from Copenhagen, Denmark who deals in epic bleak soundscapes that will leave you wallowing in self-pity for an absolute age. Their debut album – Carrion – is one epic song running at 27 minutes in length and it’s a terrifying exercise in volume. Recitation blend Doom, Sludge, Psych and Drone riffs that are matched with brutal death metal growls.

It’s a very complex song as Recitation play an experimental and highly experimental style of music that you need will need patience for. People looking for quick fix may need to look elsewhere for their doom/sludge/death metal kicks as Recitation don’t hold back with the brutality on this album. The vocals are harsh throughout as the lead vocalist takes no prisoners as he screeches, grunts and shrieks his way through the entire album.

The riffs will consume you as Recitation take influence from some of extreme metal’s leading figures and still sound as exciting on their own terms. The pummelling and almost Post-Black Metal riffs is built upon layers of distorted Death/Sludge/Drone noises which is held together by an unforgiving Doom and Gloom atmospheric vibe. The most exciting part of the album is the middle as the band venture into more psychedelic realms with the heavy pounding bass guitar drilling down into your very soul.

Carrion is a powerful statement of intent from Recitation. Yeah, it’s a shame the album only runs for 27 mins but it’s the journey that the band take you on that matters most. Carrion is a progressive, bleak and surreal nightmare brought to life through the power of extreme metal. And I loved every dark and twisted second of it. If you dig your Sludge/Death/Doom Metal on the more terrifying side of life then look no further as Recitation are the band to beat. Carrion is a stunning record. Check it out.

Words by Steve Howe


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