|Ambience, Black Metal, Drone
January 13th, 2014
Release length: 19:46
“Dyodyo Asema” kicks off what sounds like hordes of insects buzzing in anger while the deep bass rumbles and random overmodulated growls roar over the noise as if the master in control of them. About two minutes in the noise stops, giving way to helpless spirit crushing guitars tuned as low as possible. This creates a truly ominous environment that can only be described as your welcome straight into Hell itself, plummeting into the depths for a solid eight minutes. At that point, the horrifying ambience steps aside for some punishing Black Metal with sharp guitars, terrifying screams and atmospheric keyboards in the background that continue to push the grim and hopeless landscape.
About ten and a half minutes in, there are some catchy riffs guaranteed to have you banging your head along. The passage isn’t as grim, but the louder pulsing bass guitar sometimes brings an oddly upbeat and infectious groove, which makes the shift a little easier. By the twelve minute mark, it all comes crashing down. The hopelessness gives way to more ambient effects that act as a bridge to an oncoming assault that spirals into a raw performance felt largely on the thinner sounding guitars, but matching bass pitch. The truly grim environment shifts to a chaotic one that doesn’t have the same brutal impact, but feels right at home to the final product. Before long, the performance gives way to wind and ringing church bells, additional shouting, and other similar sounds that offer a hint of solace as your body and soul meet their final resting place for the rest of eternity.
It is pretty clear where one band’s contributions end, and the other begins. This ends up being the only flaw to the apocalyptic landscape that is “Dyodyo Asema.” This song is simply terrifying most of the time, though the latter portion simply don’t have the same bite due to the obvious shift in audio quality. What starts as crisp and overly burdening thins to a raw presence with a little less tension. Dyodyo Asema overall, however, is a truly nightmarish experience that Black Metal fans will wet themselves over. If the coupling of Gnaw Their Tongues and Alkerdeel leads to this opus as a five-year anniversary for a record label, can you even begin to imagine what they would collectively present if they did this for, say, one of their own anniversaries, someone’s birthday, or even just for the hell of it? Hopefully this is not the last time we’ll see these two acts teaming up.
|01. Dyodyo Asema – 19:46||Initial Pressing Score: 9/10