Review: Cyttorak – Underdark Invasion From Beyond The Shadow Of The Warp 8.9

  • Cyttorak
  • Underdark Invasion From Beyond The Shadow Of the Warp
  • Blackened Sludge Stoner Doom
  • Rhode Island, USA
  • Tor Johnson Records
  • May 24, 2019
  • 8.9/10

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Man this album is heavy slick with blackened sludge. It’s fucking nasty. This is the true cosmic terror, most science fiction themed metal bands go the prog kind of stoner route or death metal. Cyttorak goes for a way more abrasive and destructive take on the theme, the true cosmic horror and soul crushing truths. The psychedelic melody comes in the shape of fuzzy ass feedback that work beautifully in the muddy mixing and primal performance. I was very happy to get this one on tape.

Artwork by Roadario)))

This EP feels like a fucking LP with how chunky the experience is, there’s such a dark and mystical element to it while still maintain the posture of the most guttural punk and hardcore stylings. It’s thick with theme that is vague enough to let my imagination run wild with esoteric rituals and conspiracies that occur far from the grassy flesh of a planet, instead leaving the listener to the mercy of the cosmos and it’s infinite monstrosities and heros. The bass is insane and feels like a living things crawling through the tracks. It’s a trip.

Vocally it’s very deep growls and churns like Neurosis but they also add in these vocals that I love and can only describe as being close to OI structure but with the distortion expected from this noisey trio. I love the accent of those moments and they mesh so well with this style of stoner sludge. It’s different from anything I’ve heard recently. Instrumentally it’s so dark and so bleak but while maintaining groove and complexity. They really know how to play into the lofi mixing and how to manipulate the various feedbacks just right.

The art work (by Roadario))) ) suitably esoteric and looks pretty badass. I love the theme of giant creatures floating in space and I’ll have to ask about the process behind this one because I don’t know enough about art to tell you what kind of design work this is but I love the detail and black and white coloring. It’s dark and mystical af.

Overall I highly enjoyed this release and the ideas behind it. I’m glad to have found another great instagram cover artist as well, make sure to follow them.

I think this will quench anyones thirst, if abysmal eternal darkness is your drink of choice. A must hear for fans of Sunrot and Body Void.

8.9/10

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