Outer Gods: Light Dims Eternal

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Outer Gods: Light Dims Eternal
Ambient, Doom Metal, Drone
Domestic Genocide Records
July 30th, 2013
Release length: 49:34
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Outer Gods is a “Post Blackened Noise” group that hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Over the years, they have issued a handful of recordings, including a three song album in March of this year titled Beneath the Marred and Blackened Hand. With a cross between Ambience, Drone, Noise, and Doom Metal, each recording is said to be an aural journey through dark and sometimes melancholic landscapes. Given their many loyal fans, its hard to argue against that point. However, the band find themelves signed with Domestic Genocide Records to issue their latest album, Light Dims Eternal, a nearly fifty minute recording that encompasses a total of five songs. Does it stand out as a solid entry into the band’s discography, or is it simply not worth your time?

Light Dims Eternal kicks things off with “Future Decay.” The deep bass hums and what sounds like a distant drum being hit help to establish a post-apocalyptic landscape where all life has ceased to exist. Some sharp guitar chords come into play, growing in volume like the rumbling bass. It becomes so loud that static is introduced, allowing the hauntng spoken words to occur, the sound of spiraling out of control. Panic begins to set and tensions rise until, suddenly, it all just stops for “Due Sabatti,” only keeping the distortion remotely close. There are some altered screams that appear at times, and that vast wasteland is replaced with a psychotic breakdown one might stereotype to someone mentally ill.

“Beyond the Crimson Gate” brings the desolate atmosphere back, but not that apocalyptic wasteland environment “Future Decay” carried so easily. The desolately vastness on display sounds fantastic, but the high pitch squeels that kick in about two and a half minutes in are simply migraine enducing, leaving you to run to the volume control of your speaker. They do begin to dull for deeper, more ominous elements, but the level in no way affects the irriting pitch that is comparable to a modem dialing up AOL. It finally goes away around the five minute mark, and the the deeper tones are nothing more than instant, but temporary relief.

“Blessed Be the Host” finds the atmosphere dropped again. The dull bass and guitar chords are simple, and for the most part boring. Static gradually builds with odd high pitched noises that sound like something off an Atari or Nintendo video game. Those effects are short lived, being nothing but loud static and dull riffs until around the five minute mark when you’re finally met with some beautiful astral environments that will sweep you away, fading back to some desolation that cuts into the long winded “From Behind the Walls, She Heard a Voice Like an Angel.” The deeper bass presence is simply soul crushing. The note remains through most of the song, eventually finding crickets chirping in the background, and more additional distorted speech in the background, matching the rumbling to put you in a trance, which the screaming woman ultimately pulls you out of, making it that the male voice wasn’t speaking to you, killing the impact upon realizing it’s nothing more than a chunk of audio from a movie, fading to mid-range hums from the guitar, and even some random light cymbals from a drum kit.

While Light Dims Eternal has its moments, this album simply is not that good. The transitions are alright, only one or two coming off with a strong enough jerk to send you crashing back to reality face first, making it hard to get into the overall journey once more. On top of that, “Future Decay” is the only track with a truly amazing atmosphere, as the rest vary from moderately good to non-existent. Even many of the Drone elements grow boring rather quickly. This is due to them being kind of boring, and often mirroring one another with different volume and distortion levels, or an increase in static or noise that can easily enduce a migraine in the listener. Aside “Future Decay,” this is just a remarkably bland recording that is rougher to sit through the deeper in you get, and, on a personal level, one I’ll be happy to never hear again.

01. Future Decay – 6:24
02. Due Sabatti – 10:00
03. Beyond the Crimson Gate – 7:11
04. Blessed Ve the Host of Sorrow – 6:28
05. From Behind the Walls, She Heard a Voice Like an Angel – 19:31
Initial Pressing Score: 2.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Domestic Genocide Records via Earsplit PR.