Review: TOMB – Black Crypt Worship

Tomb join a sub-genre of bands that create ritualistic, ambient noise devoid of melody or many other musical trappings in the quest to produce uniquely atmospheric illusions. Like other bands in this genre e.g., Abruptum, Emit, Nebiros; Tomb use distortion to mould sound to serve their purposes. Not loud and harsh to try and blind us to their weakness, this is artistic.
The construction of each song is relatively simple, but because of the motifs, can sound meticulous. In other words, careful layering allows each track to possess the ritualistic monotony, but retain a creative wave throughout. Tomb know how to implement an idea and when to introduce variations, this timing allows each song to drag on without losing its consistency.
The distorted backbone – which can be easily mistaken for a distorted guitar, but is more likely a digital effect – creates the thickest layer when used. The most possessive layer: percussion and samples form the rhythm and control the pace. Vocals are another ritualistic element which do not seem to bare much reliance on the music. This is an encouraged element in such environments – vocals naturally exorcised in chaotic heedlessness. The discharge of Demons is very rarely set to any timescale.

Included with the CD-R is an AVI video that features a clip of a cloaked figure hitting crypt doors for this recording. The results of which are heard through several tracks. The video also includes an interview.

A six-track six-year compilation of blackened torturous noise, which remains atmospheric and effectively complex. The type of music that must be played loud and with bass on full. Impressive early works by a mind that obviously knows how to construct valuable material, further projects will be anticipated.

Originally posted on BlackMetalWeb
Review score: 3/5

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