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Imagined blackened death metal so caustic it could degrease your driveway. That's what California outfit Dearth is aiming for: the complete and total strippage of every unwanted molecule from your brain. The band has an upcoming full-length called To Crown All Befoulment that weaves and wonders through the annals of total death like murky moonshine coursing through your veins. It leaves you warm and fuzzy at first, with groove-laden surges between bone-crunching dirges; after its runtime is complete, though, you're left vacuumed and completely drained. This is the sort of metal for a new age, one of still-somehow digestible chaos.

To Crown All Befoulment, despite how bleak and hard-hitting Dearth made it, achieves a sense of agility through skillful instrumentation and clever songwriting arrangements. It feels like most "good" metal bands these days can create interesting layers of insanity within the realms of black and death metal, but Dearth takes it to a new level of refinement. Check out the album's opening song "Writing in Cellophane Cages" to get an idea of what Dearth is all about.

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To Crown All Befoulment releases June 19th via Sentient Ruin.

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