originally written by Erik Thomas
Not content with inducing nausea and vomiting late last year with Impetuous Ritual’s Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence,Profound Lore Records has started 2010 with another icky cacophony by way of Texas’s Vasaeleth, a duo who features O.A on guitars, bass vocals and keyboards and Antinom, the drummer from another unholy Texas act, Dagon.
There are no bones about Vasaeleth’s obvious influences; 8 tracks of murky, cavernous, discordant, rumbling old school death metal a la Incantation. The only slight deviation is that Vasaeleth add some atmospheric keyboards here and there. Don’t get me wrong, the synths are not hokey or overused, but used sparingly to add some sense of symphonic dread to the already oppressive proceedings.
At a brisk, slimy 30 minutes, the album wastes no noise on intros or interludes but 8 tracks of mucky, menacing noise and O.A’s subterranean growl and a host of mid paced lurches and churning. There are septic blast beats that offer no semblance of melody or respite. None of the tracks are going to remain with you or make you hum them, but at a core level they might seep into your conscious and eat away at your soul.
The likes of “Gateways to the Cemetery of Being,” “Poisoned Tongue” and “Adorned & Iridescent” seem to be more apt at making the balance of oozing muck and earthy blasts but still, you won’t come away from Crypt Born & Tethered to Ruin like you’ve heard a classic, nor will it make you physically ill like label mates Portal or Impetuous Ritual. But, you still might be a bit queasy and feel like you need a shower to wash off the mucus.