This band is growing at a stunning rate. A good veritable super group of doom-hinged death metal, the caveman rhythms and riffs pummel, then twist to higher level song writing than mere knuckle draggers do. They definitely out did their previous record, which was also awesome.
Favorite track: I on the Knife (Second Wound).
VASTUM’s Orificial Purge offers a distinctive blend of sinister atmosphere, punishing brutality, and an unparalleled lyrical and visual imagery that traces connections between perversion, mortification, and "an abyssal mysticism of sin." Elements from previous albums are preserved on Orificial Purge, but they are evolved and devolved at once. The usual mid-paced dirge and cave-dwelling riffs are intertwined with slicing melodic dissonance and a celestial frenzy in the solos and the leads, all of which is set against the background of a bulldozing rhythm section. The dual vocal and lyrical exorcisms of Daniel Butler and Leila Abdul-Rauf combine to deliver unsettling, dichotomous meditations on “abjection as life, life as tragedy, and tragedy as an eviscerating, eroticized rapture through which an evil and useless humanity comes into being.”
With its members playing in Acephalix, Necrot, Ulthar, Mortuous, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm, Fyrhtu, and others, the band’s dedication to their craft is showcased throughout the underground. After three standout albums over the course of the last eight years, the effect of VASTUM’s influence has by now seeped into the wider death metal scene, leaving an indelible mark due to their singular amalgam of aural primitivism and aesthetic originality. Their most markedly refined and tortured oblation to date, Orificial Purge represents the dominant return of VASTUM, a death-doom band driven by the horrors of psychic and corporeal life.
Recorded with Greg Wilisonson (Necrot, Nightfell, Ulthar) at Earhammer Studios, and visually represented by the brooding abstraction of San Francisco artist Laina Terpstra, Orificial Purge is one of the year’s most vicious and hypnotic LPs. Fans of Bolt Thrower, Undergang, Autopsy, Necrot, Asphyx, Mortuous, Tomb Mold, and Scorched are orificially summoned to take note.
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released October 25, 2019
Daniel Butler – vocals
Leila Abdul-Rauf – guitars, vocals, ambience
Shelby Lermo – guitars
Luca Indrio – bass
Chad Galley – drums
Ryan Honaker - strings on "His Sapphic Longing", additional ambience
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Been waiting for this celestial gift to be repressed (yet again) to make buying a copy accessible. Apart from that, it goes without saying: Starspawn is fucking good. Like, unbelievably good. Cosmic, psyched, brutal...words don’t do it justice. Just buy the fucking album already. JDMP