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Teratism: La Bas
Black Metal
Negativity Records
2013
Release length: 23:30
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Formed back in 2000, Teratism is a Black Metal band with members that hail from both Texas and Minnesota. Many of the members have worked together in the past, including guitarist Murder, vocalist Wrath, and current drummer Desekrator (Coherent Liquid Form, former Contagion), who have all been involved with Theatre of the Macabre, leaving bassist Gilles de Rais (Crimson Massacre, Satanist) to have no previous band roots with the others. But, given the praise of their previous efforts, this doesn’t seem to be a problem. With four well received albums and a handful of splits under their belt, the four-piece find themselves on Negativity Records to issue a four song ten-inch LP titled La Bas, a recording that seems to have slipped under the radar. Is this a sign that this limited vinyl is only worth it for collecting, or is it a strong performance that may have listeners wearing it out?

The recording starts off slow with choir chanting and distant gothic keyboard notes before heading into a short faster assault. The main verses have a strong drum presence with thick bass kicks that rumble out over the traditional Black Metal distortion and creepy riffs that try to be frostbitten, but due to the hazy pitch of the audio it doesn’t work out that way. The vocals add a good deal of intensity thanks to the multiple layers and styles behind the enthusiastic rasps. This does make the chaotic performance a bit too much, but nothing that ruins the entire thing. “Thy Swill Be Done” is tamer and consistent in comparison. The music is a little deeper, giving it a slight ominous presence that the layered vocals benefit from, though the bass still seems largely buried, really only showing up in spots with lower chords, as well as the conclusion.

The real quality cuts on this LP are definitely the last two. “Shadows Flee the Burning Sons of Light” takes that deeper sound and puts it to good use. The mid-tempo to slower performance has plenty of passages that will have your head bobbing along obediently to the catchy riffs and drum performances, such as nearly every verse and many of the bridges. Around the three minute mark there is a thinner area that will take you out of it momentarily, but the creepy conclusion and solid drum performance will pull you right back in. Finally there’s “Come to the Sabbat,” which seems to mix Black Metal with a hint of Occult Rock inspiration. This leads to a truly depressing atmosphere thanks to the less sharpened chords, but still has a bit of a commanding presence thanks to the high distortion on the vocals. The chorus, however, throws back to the days of early Venom with the ritualistic chanting of “come to the sabbat.”

While this isn’t the most impressive recording, it’s one fans of Teratism will enjoy, though not the best jumping on point for those unfamiliar with their work. La Bas does show a nice range from the band though, slicing at you with ferocious third generation blast beats at first, then mixing together some ritualistic rhythms and catchy second generation riffs. La Bs is far from a bad recording though, it just doesn’t have much in the line of memorable material other than “Come to the Sabbat.” “Shadows Flee the Burning Sons of Light,” as well as the solid performances that leads to some good material on “Gospel of the Heliophobe” and “Thy Swill Be Done,” does add more justification towards buying this while in stock, but if its sold out, it isn’t something worth killing yourself over to own.

01. Gospel of the Heliophobe – 6:08
02. Thy Swill Be Done – 5:42
03. Shadows Flee the Burning Sons of Light – 5:19
04. Come to the Sabbat – 6:21
Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10

Teratism
Teratism

Physical review copy of this release provided by Negitivity Records.