Black metal is an overarching term that contains a multitude of sub-genres within sub-genres, rules and a foundational clause of pushing the limits. For South Dakota’s Woman Is The Earth, black metal is the vessel through which they channel their inner struggles and find their own spirituality within the cathedral of nature by way of the "Cascadian" sound, subtle hardcore influences and stirring ecclesiastical chants. Theirs is a recognisable tone — earthy, textured and as warm as the sunlit soil in a forest clearing and that richness is explored throughout Dust Of Forever, the band’s fifth full-length and first since 2016's Torch of Our Final Night, as "Spiritual Rot," which is streaming ahead of release below, takes Woman Is The Earth’s dark tones and wraps them around staggered riffs and radiant choral passages.

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As the sounds build upon one another to create towering monuments to pain, the trio exorcise their demons through sweeping passages of guitar and sublime melodious incantations, as Woman Is The Earth use their music as their own personal sanctuary. "Spiritual Rot" moves on waves of rising emotion and as the song pushes forwards it also gains in incandescent rage and bittersweet regret.

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Dust of Forever releases August 20th on Init Records.

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