Tithe’s second album is an earthshaker: Inverse Rapture.
Created in the Pacific Northwest enclave of Portland, Oregon, Tithe has been forging dooming grindcore for the past six years. Infusing elements that could be described in a number of ways, Kevin Swartz (drums), Matt Eiseman (guitar, vocals), and Alex Huddleston (bass) are a trio that wakes the primordial and fashions it into their own dark designs.
“Anthropogenic Annihilation” is a swirling grind up front – perhaps the perfect opening for an album with this title and content. Doom is minced and mixed by the dominating weight of the riff and rhythm. Eiseman’s vocals are a threatening promise presenting an accusation. The hammering percussion is the tie that binds. Excellent. The title track follows, digging deeper into the gloom. It is a wailing of detached souls, lost for so long they no longer search but merely exist in a gyre agony. “Demon” is a short, ravaging piece that flays your exposed flesh. The tempo is blistering and unrepentant, leading into the funereal “Parasite.” These first four tracks are an enmeshing perfection of metal that squanders reason.
The longest song on the record is “Killing Tree.” It is ponderous at first, opening eventually into adjacent lands of dark wonder in the black metal wilderness then moves on to canyons of doom. “Luciferian Pathways Of The Forked Tongue,” coming where it does, is a kind of dismantling meditation that shucks the crust that has accumulated with it dervishly ways. The final notes are uttered in “Pseudologia Fantastica,” recalling “Demon” to some extent, but living its own crushing existence. The album has a relatively short running time yet packs a lethal punch at every turn. Recommended.
Inverse Rapture drops on Friday, February 17th through Profound Lore Records. Listen and buy at the links below.
Band photo by Taylor Robinson.
Profound Lore Records, https://profoundlorerecords.com/
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