Tuesday 30 April 2024

State Of Non Return - White Ink (Album Review)

Release Date: May 03rd 2024. Record Label: Trepanation Recordings. Formats: DD

White Ink - Tracklisting

1. Catharsis 9:35

2. Vertigo 8:45

3. White Ink 9:18

4. Pendulum 15:15



Mauro - guitars

Diego - bass

Tony - drums


White Ink is the debut album from Drone/Doom/Stoner Metallers State Of Non Return and when a band names themselves after the classic track by OM then you have a good idea of a certain style of music that the band plays. However, that’s a small side of State Of Non Return’s overall sound as they incorporate massive amounts of Drone, Doom, Psych and Stoner Metal grooves which also has a cold calculated Industrialised movement running through it’s creative mindset.

You can hear influences from bands such as Neurosis, YOB, ISIS and SLEEP with the record moving across the Post-Metal landscape to a heavier style of Progressive Stoner Metal. There’s moments of Ambient Post Rock and ethereal soundscapes all combining for a record that’s quite unsettling within the more heavier Sludgier environments on the stunning opening tracks of Catharsis and Vertigo. The vocals that appear when the time calls for it which you first hear on Catharsis and they’re spread out fairly evenly within the album. 

White Ink contains four tracks that run about forty four minutes in length but it feels longer and I mean that as a huge compliment. As State Of Non Return are quite adventurous with their music and explore different levels of cold-hearted heaviness which becomes ever more ethereal and devastating on the later tracks of White Ink and Pendulum. The instrumental passages can be focused mostly on Shoegaze or Doomgaze delivery but State Of Non Return brings an epic, harsh and abrasive style of vocals to move the album back into the Sludge/Post-Metal arena. 

State Of Non Return allows the record to transform into a heavier and distorted atmosphere which sees the overall creative flow of the record to be quite dynamic and fractured at times with the help of some intense raw-sounding production values. 

White Ink is a more direct, aggressive and primal style of Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal sound which buries itself under a ton of POST-METAL aggression that leaves you wanting to hear more.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Trepanataion Recordings for the promo.

White Ink will be available to buy on Digital Download from Friday May 3rd 2024.


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