What we have for you now is the first single from the first album by the Alabama death metal band Seraphic Entombment, which will be released on October 13th through Everlasting Spew Records.
The record’s name is Sickness Particles Gleam. As described by the label, it’s a “50+ minutes haunting and crushing ode to the foreboding; a long and unsettling journey into mankind’s darkest and most fetid hallucinations, fears, and primal impulses”. They also describe it as “bizarre and miasmic”.
This quartet (which began as a side project of Ectovoid and Hegemony members) obviously don’t think much of angels. Their band name envisions entombment of the celestial host. And the name of the song you’re about to hear spills their guts.
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The work of evisceration on “Angel’s Entrail” takes nearly 11 minutes to complete, and Seraphic Entombment show no mercy at any point.
As a prelude to the horrors to come, a pair of distorted guitars eagerly writhe within what must be a fetid sewer tunnel, creating a gruesome reverberating harmony of inhuman hostility.
That hideous opening riff is eventually joined by booming and battering drums, and then it begins to mutate into even more virulent sensations just as gargantuan howls expel the malignant words. The guitars whine in frenzies, malevolently slash, and morbidly clang as the drums inflict varying forms of punishment and those rabid howls and roars erupt in even more maniacal screams (the guitars scream and quiver too).
The overarching moods of the song are both oppressive and demented, dire and diseased. As the tempos slow and accelerate, wild yells spear out, convulsive tremolo’d riffs boil in madness, and the rhythm section mimic high-speed avalanches, martial beats, and bring lots of electrifying fills into the horrific escapade.
Near the end the song takes a sudden turn, shifting into an ice-cold, void-faring ambient/symphonic finale — no more human than anything else in this long track, but maybe even more likely to send shivers down your spine.
Sickness Particles Gleam was mixed by Dan Lowndes at Resonant Sound, and it was mastered by Van Detto. It includes ambient interludes by Justin Stubbs and David Mosher, and cover art by Karmazid.
Everlasting Spew is releasing the album on CD, cassette tape, and digital formats in October, with a vinyl edition planned for release this coming winter. They recommend it for fans of Disma, Cruciamentum, Autopsy, and Swallowed.