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The film Alien taught us “In space, no one can hear you scream,” and it’s true. Sound cannot carry in space (thanks, Captain Obvious!). Countless musicians have attempted to recreate the sounds of deep space in a way that we can hear, SleepResearch Facility’s Nostromo a particularly memorable example of astral dark ambient, but most bands don’t really make the cut. Yes, there is a static emptiness to space, which seems to be the focal point of all these “deep space black metal” and dark ambient artists, but with emptiness comes complete, frictionless chaos.

Colorado technical death metal trio Blood Incantation is that formless, crazed chaos. Occasionally emerging from the deepest recesses with a demo tape here and there (I own two of the three) from their inception in 2011, the trio of Paul Riedl, Morris Kolontyrsky and Isaac Faulk (and session bassist Damon Good, whose name should be familiar) have been carefully honing their skyward craft, and the result is absolutely dizzying. Blood Incantation pays homage to the greats of old: Demilich, Morbid Angel and even some of Cynic’s earlier work, but with a stronger melodic edge and shorter lung-span. This is the frantic, complex sound of the Annunaki, the “Great Gods” descending from their distant kingdom and onto the simple settlers of Ancient Sumeria and the chaos which ensued. Ambiance and drone be damned, deep space sounds like riffs.

Interdimensional Extinction will be released later this week on CD and LP via the ineffable Dark Descent Records. Have an exclusive listen to the full EP below.

—Jon Rosenthal

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