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Cosmic Putrefaction - Crepuscular Dirge For The Blessed One Award winner

Cosmic Putrefaction
Crepuscular Dirge For The Blessed One
by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 16 May 2022, 5:35 AM

G.G. (THE CLEARING PATH, TURRIS EBURNEA, VERTEBRA ATLANTIS) returns under his COSMIC PUTREFACTION banner with their third album, “Crepuscular Dirge For The Blessed Ones.”  I reviewed “The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers,” and enjoyed the hell out of it…but this one is even better.  Everything that was great about that previous album has been multiplied by a thousand.  The album is longer but nothing was added that doesn’t need to be there—G.G. truly uses every second of the album’s 42 minute run time as another puzzle piece towards the endgame of creating this space beast of an album.

The synths/keys are used even better this time around but aren’t the focus nor do they seem to ever take over too much of another instrument’s time.  Much like the other instruments, they are used as a piece of the greater whole.  Every thing pushes the album ever forward and the ambient noises fill in the space between.  The result is an album that is as brutal as any death metal album you’ll hear but also trippy, multilayered, and spacey.  Cosmic death metal, indeed.

As with the other two releases, “Crepuscular Dirge…” is an album that has so many layers and ideas jammed into the thousand  nook and crannies that you will have to give it many listens before it truly begins to sink in.  But therein lies the beauty of it:  even if needs time to give up its secrets, you will enjoy every play through.  This is just too energetic and exciting of an album to ever get bored by it!

Through Withered Horizons,” is an intro but, of course, G.G. actually makes it important to the album and interesting.  Ambient noises build up and end with a frightening array of screams and hard as an oak riffs.  After about two minutes, it slides right into the first full length song, “Sol’s Upheaval Debris.” The keys that layer the beginning moments hit the right spot before the groovy guitars worm their way in.  The bass and drums dig deep into the core of the album’s sound, providing a tight foundation but a hellish rhythm section too. The rapid firing riffs grab you by the brain and lock you in a trance but it is the ending synths that pull you through that void…while being relentlessly pummeled.

Lysergic Sulfuric Waters,” is a perfect example how to make death metal that is familiar in its desire for pure carnage but alien enough to make you wonder what you are listening to, why is it so good, and why are other death metal bands behind?  The guitars might be hell bent on crushing this alien world but it is the impeccable mixing and production job that lets every piece shine yet still make a coherent listen.  The song, especially near the end, has a cinematic feel to its approach but the right focus on musicianship lends that quality a very honest, organic feel.

The title track ends the album and is one of my favorites presented.  The beginning is quiet but the clean tones speak volumes, as does the space between. With music like this, what isn’t being said is just as important as what is.  I love the nearly two minute long build up, dripping with odd tones and sounds.  The death metal riffs bring the music back to a more solid form but it too is lifted to new heights by the atmospheric void that hangs over.

All in all, COSMIC PUTREFACTION’s “Crepuscular Dirge For The Blessed One,” is going to light up the underground with this cosmic surge of quality.  Dying alone in a cold, blackened void never sounded so damn good.

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. …Through Withered Horizons
2. Sol's Upheaval Debris
3. From Resounding Silence to the Obsidian Womb
4. Amniotic Bewilderment
5. Lysergic Sulfuric Waters
6. Twisting Spirals in the Murk
7. Cradle Wrecked, Curtains Unfurled
8. Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones
Lineup:
G.G. - Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Giulio Galati – Drums (guest/session)
Riccardo Nioin – Vocals (additional, guest/session)
Record Label: Profound Lore Records
     


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