Recently, Alkahest introduced you to avant-garde doom act Öxxö Xööx, featuring French mastermind Igorrr (Gautier Serre, to his mother) who is more widely known for his frantic breakcore crossed with classical and baroque influences in both his namesake and his more metallic influenced work in Whourkr. It seems these two worlds collided recently in a collaboration with fellow breakcore artist Bong-Ra by the name of Tombs/Pallbearer, whereby the duo set out to combine the seemingly disparate worlds of frantic, glitchy breakcore and oppressive, tar-thick doom metal.
Limited to only 300 physical copies, it definitely passed the kvlt test in that regard, however you can thankfully hear everything anyway as their label has kindly uploaded both the tracks to Bandcamp:
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And having listened through both a fair few times now, all I can really say is I wish there was an entire album of this available. The atmosphere is gargantuan and tangible like doom should be, all the while maintaining the unpredictability and the on-a-dime changes that breakcore should have. When ‘Pallbearer‘ gives way to that crushing riff that dictates much of the second half, it’s a real kick to the gut and should provide more than enough aural intensity to keep even the most unforgiving metalhead happy.