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The night descends, as does your level of coherence. Clarity, acuity, and acuteness all give way to the obtuse onslaught of pitch-blackness, the absence of our most relied-upon sense. Music, in very general terms, holds special magic among a litany of other artforms: it can be experienced with no sight or touch. In some ways, this can be freeing, amplifying one sense at the expense of others; but in another view, it can be entirely claustrophobic and frightening, especially when the rawness of noise commands your attention. Decoherence, an international trio specializing in music's ability to choke, make bare their wicked intent on their debut full-length Ekpyrosis. The album is unrelenting, extremely atmospheric, and layered extensively with electronic and analog soundscapes that meld seamlessly to form one solid slab of obsidian. Bask in the negative light of "Vestiges of an End," the album's penultimate track, exclusively below.

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"Vestiges of an End" is the perfect microcosm for Ekpyrosis: it holds both the brutal mid-paced dirge that backbones the album but also features all the maniacal blasting that hones the album's edge. What's notable is that Decoherence worked in plenty of dynamics into an otherwise static onslaught; the music is at once immovable as a mountain but fluid as the oceans, warping and bending into your brain without becoming veritable sound-soup. It's difficult to nail that balance -- abstract vs. concrete -- but Decoherence's formula is a damn fine one at that.

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Ekpyrosis releases November 22nd via Sentient Ruin. Pre-order via Bandcamp.

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