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I love Cosmic Putrefaction, and I'll explain why in one single word:

Ough.

This is death metal; this is death metal supreme. I included the outfit's debut full-length from last year on my top albums of 2019 roundup, and I am so glad I did. There's something about this project's visceral edge that roughens up how technical and involved this music really is -- riffs that normally would boggle your mind instead just give you goosebumps, bypassing your brain altogether. It comes down to project mastermind G.G.'s intense ability to weave dense thickets of death metal that sounds like the work of a full band versus one individual.

It's been less than a year, and we're already graced with the news of an upcoming follow-up. It's called The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers and, bottom line, it's a ripper. We've got a lot of death metal swarming these lands, something I am always so pleased about, but it's rare that one new project sticks with me this long. It's hard to ignore Cosmic Putrefaction: on this new album, G.G. elevates his death metal savagery to another level altogether, this time taking on vocal duties himself instead of utilizing guest vocalists like on the debut. The result is something immensely personal but also completely devoid of life, almost as if death had the same radiance as life itself. And maybe it does: this is death metal, after all.

Check out a stream of the album's third song "The Glooming Murk of His Telluric Shrieks" below.

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The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers releases May 22nd via I, Voidhanger -- preorder physical media or digital.

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