Exploring hitherto unchartered abysses with its ultra-ultra-low-frequency 432Hz recording of six basses, six guitars and rumbling, tectonic kargyraa vocals, blue twenty-nine: Abysmal Growls of Despair maybe is what doom sounds like on Mars.
The landscape of Mars is known as ‘chaos terrain’ and nothing on Earth resembles it. It consists of irregular blocks, some that are tens of kilometres across and and a hundred or more meters high patterned with craters that are hundreds of metres deep - a terrain ravaged by geological wars between countless ice ages and planet-reshaping activity from Mars’ three god-named volcanos - Elysium Mons, Hecates Tholus and Albor Tholus.
Consisting of one 66 minute and 6 second track, Sentir Le Poids Des Montagnes Et Trouver La Paix Dans Les Ténèbres, blue twenty-nine would make an excellent soundtrack to navigating these alien crevasses and subterranean glaciers, with the ethereal throat-singing of Hangsvart (Abysmal’s one-man doom army) chasing around the ragged stalagmites and stalactites of Sunn 0)))-crushing guitar like Martian ghosts.
Highly recommended for fans of Phurpa, Senyawa, Huun-Huur-Tu or even Blue Tapes’ own Jute Gyte, be warned that you do not so much ‘listen’ to this music as let it penetrate you. But don’t let the band name fool you, there is great ecstasy to be found in surrendering to this planet-eating sound.
Listen to Sentir Le Poids Des Montagnes Et Trouver La Paix Dans Les Ténèbres back-to-back with our last release - The Blue Tapes House Band’s equally epic Chase Me Before The Plague - and consciousnesss may never feel quite the same again.
Available on pro-dubbed C66.6 with onbody printing and O-card featuring Blue Tapes artwork; or on black-base CD with obi strip and artwork by Atraxura.
Praise for Abysmal Growls of Despair:
“It’s immensely heavy - the level of distortion applied to the string instruments is extreme enough to vibrate buildings into dust despite how glacially slow the notes crawl forth. The vocals also give new meaning to the term ‘cavernous’.” - No Clean Singing
“When one is at a loss for rational words to describe inner turmoil, music is often the most adequate outlet for expression. Hangsvart was diagnosed with schizophrenia a couple of years ago, and after having heard his diagnosis, he started to write poems and create songs to come to terms with his illness. Since 2013, Abysmal Growls of Despair has been his primary outlet for alleviating the negativity surrounding that diagnosis, through which he focuses on a mixture of funeral doom and dark ambient.” - Heathen Harvest
“A massive, monolithic piece of extreme slow and depressive metal.” - Merchants of Air
“Abysmal Growls Of Despair dwell in a dimension that isn’t meant for the ‘average’ listener (or musician), but within their specific league, thy are winners! Consider it as a ‘me like’…” - Concrete Web
“Pretty devastating.” - Doom Metal Heaven
“I can’t find anything emotionally positive in this music.” - Monarch Magazine
“With a name like ABYSMAL GROWLS OF DESPAIR you can bet your sweet ass that this isn’t going to be a hair band of any kind.” - Battle Helm