One of my favorite nouns to describe music is “slab”. As in “a steaming slab of riffs and feedback”. It just captures something intrinsic to that no nonsense, in your face, hell and hellfire feeling or the “big sounding” genres of metal like doom, stoner, sludge, and the like. This is what we have in store for us today as we premiere Marasme‘s upcoming release, Malsons (aptly translating to “Nightmare” in Catalan). These guys traffic in the kind of post-metal that falls off the edge of groove and presence and into the dominion of sludge, riffs coated in the blackest of tars. Added to this, alongside a thundering and powerful groove section, are unique vocals which sound twisted, brought forth from a place of deep pain and emotional torment.
The overall vibe then is of post-metal fed through the wringer or on a lathe, all external characteristics that might fit words like “smooth” or “elegant” sawed away until only a raw and bleeding heart remains. Check out the opening track, “Cap vencedor” as an example; even if the “quieter” and more moody passage in its middle is punctuated by the raw vocals, lending the expansive guitar backgrounds a feeling of defeat mingled with emotional bankruptcy, a dredging of the lowest places of feeling and imagination. Elsewhere on the album, like on the slightly faster paced “Engranatges” these vibes mix with a more direct aural assault to create a wall of sound that nonetheless contains much variety and ranges to explore (like the incredible drums that thunder in right after the bridge).
Malsons releases on November 30th. You can head on over to the Bandcamp link below to pre-order it which, if you’re a fan of post-metal and sludge to any capacity, we strongly urge you to do.