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Vessel of Iniquity’s All-Consuming “Mother of Abomination”

void of infinite horror

Black metal continues to challenge listeners with its penchant for abstract, densely layered noise but also its extreme diversity when it comes to manifesting the horrific echoes of sinister interior places. The concept of flattening comes into play sometimes, though, which can mask black metal’s true sonic variance: it’s the idea that excessive abstraction across the style ends up breeding too much similarity between otherwise independent artists. This perceived lack of differentiation is less apparent to avid black metal listeners (as it would be for any subgenre, really) than newcomers to the arena. So, it’s doubly important to highlight black metal which both owes itself nearly completely to abstraction but also, almost as if by magic, its ability to be emotionally and aesthetically digested by those looking to dabble closer to the most hectic “fringes” of this wildly amorphic form of artistic expression.

And such is the case with the upcoming sophomore full-length Void of Infinite Horror from one-man “aural annihilation entity” Vessel of Iniquity. We are delighted to bring you an exclusive stream of the album’s fourth track “Mother of Abomination” below.

“Mother of Abomination” is a five-minute bruiser steeped in swaths of grinding, churning noise honed sharp through the album’s dark production value. Forgoing any abrupt or otherwise dramatic shifts in mood, the track at first seems to take an extreme yet straightforward approach to conveying, well, what hell would probably feel like. Repeat listens, though, unveil significant depth to the sheer whirlwind of pent-up emotion that the track aims to release from its listeners. Getting lost in the music is key, here, where the strategy involves letting your attention span drift away in the chaos. The fact that Void of Infinite Horror actively encourages this sort of disconnection rather than trying too hard to force it speaks volumes; make no mistake, though, this is not tame or diluted black metal by any means.

Not by any measure.

Void of Infinite Horror releases on January 25th via Sentient Ruin (US) and Xenoglossy Productions (EU). Both labels will offer tape, digital, and vinyl.

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