Sunday 8 December 2013

Whelm - A Gaze Blank and Pitiless as The Sun - Review

A Gaze Blank and Pitiless as The Sun cover art

Whelm is a Post-Hardcore/Doom/Sludge Metal band from Copenhagen, Denmark

The members are:

Atli Brix Kamban
Alex Falkesgaard
Casper Axilgård
Mikkel Putzek

Whelm is a strange beast indeed. A band blending Post-Hardcore, Sludge and Doom Metal with brutal as fuck Death Metal vocals. Their debut album - A Gaze Blank and Pitiless as The Sun - is a stunning hybrid of heavy atmospheric riffs with a dark and violent edge holding it all together.

The 55 minutes will terrify the hell out of you as Whelm don't hold back by laying down heavy as fuck brutal riffs. The vocals are demonic through out. It's an album of many moods as Whelm don't stick to one path as they blend everything at their disposal into something far more sinister.

Though they have added plenty of highly atmospheric moods for you to worship at. The album has the tone of a far more sinister Post-Metal band. I would say Whelm could be classed as Post-Black Metal as they excel in the darker realms of Sludge Metal.

The album contains 8 tracks with 4 of them running between 8 to 12 mins each. And it's on the epic tracks where Whelm truly come alive. They blend haunting atmospherics with ambient style riffs with brutal vocals providing with enough power to scare you in this dark winter season.

Check out brilliant tracks - From The Trenches Of Perception, Perpetual Blindness, Ghost In The Underground and Event Horizon.

A Gaze Blank and Pitiless as The Sun is gut-wrenching stuff from start to finish. Whelm have a magical dark presence that is very hard to describe but when you have a brilliant album such as this then you can find out all the answers for yourself. You may not like what you hear but it's damn near impossible to resist.

A truly magnificent experience that I urge you all to check out. This album is simply unmissable.

You can download this for free from BandCamp Buy Now Download. CD Release will be in 2014 through Aesthetic Death Records.

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