Saturday 25 March 2023

UMBILICHAOS - Entrails II Redux (Album Review)

Release Date: March 03rd 2023. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Entrails II Redux: Tracklisting

1.Renounce 16:28

2.Vague and Great Pain 17:06


Anna C. Chaos - Everything


Entrails II Redux is the new album from Solo Doom/Post-Metal Act UMBILICHAOS and as the title suggests, this is a Redux of a previous release from Anna C. Chaos who is the creative force behind UMBILICHAOS. I can’t compare the previous version as it’s no longer available. So I’m reviewing this new version of Entrails II.

The album is a mixture of Doom Metal, Post-Metal and Sludge Metal sounds with Hardcore/Shoegaze edge. The album runs for around thirty four minutes across two tracks and Anna offers a bleak twisted style of music that can be quite Grungy and Noise Rock based. There’s few twisted Industrial sounds which you can hear within both tracks of Renounce and Vague and Great Pain.

The Shoegaze element of the album is one of my favourite parts of the album. As the music feels more vibrant with a sludgier presence as well. The instrumental work whilst RAW and DIY based, is effective and allows UMBILICHAOS to play music taking elements from bands such as Melvins. Neurosis and Nine Inch Nails.

The vocals are what you expect for a Sludge/Post-Metal release but they add a menacing approach to the album. There is also a subtle EARTHY and ORGANIC sound to this album when the quieter moments appear. Another highlight of the album which shows a different creative side to Anna’s most recent work. 

Glitchy Industrial Beats is another creative weapon of choice for Anna to provide a more threatening style of music that evokes memories of the 90’s and 00’s rising Post-Metal scene. 

Entrails II Redux is another highly impressive, daring and wonderfully heavy release from UMBILICHAOS. 

Words by Steve Howe


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