Dire Omen [Canada]
Wresting the Revelation of Futility
Dark Descent Records
It has been quite a long while since the last bestial black/death metal release that I really enjoyed, and it is quite fitting that the first one to once again hook me back into this filthy abyss is a Canadian band and their Dark Descent Records debut. Since 2008, Dire Omen has been honing their craft, and almost 6 years on, the band finally releases their first ever full length album, Wresting the Revelation of Futility.
The first thing that caught my attention on Wresting the Revelation of Futility were the drums of Kevin on Here and Hereafter (Overture), reminding me of the entire reason behind my initial love with the genre: the primitive yet relentless and aggressive style that bands like Dire Omen tend to portray. And along with the chaotic riffs of Rolando, one quickly starts to draw comparisons with bands such as Antediluvian, Mitochondrion or Heresiarch. The playing style of Rolando, alternating between crushing chugs and trem-picking add to the delight of fans of Grave Miasma or Incantation, leaving one constantly at the edge. On moments where the band decides to take things down a notch in terms of speed and heaviness, they replace it with haunting atmospherics, most obvious on songs like Hemotically Possessed.
The production of Wresting the Revelation of Futility is raw and filthy as fuck, and that resulting cavernous sound of the record reminds one of those atmospheric releases of bands like Pseudogod or even Grave Miasma, with the playing style of Dire Omen. Furthermore, the nice thing is that the bass of Connor is mixed rather high on the record, and his booming bass certainly adds to the already ominous ambient, leaving one feel even more at unease.
Dire Omen‘s Wresting the Revelation of Futility is everything that a record from a genre as such should be – filthy, brutal and unapologetically bestial.