January 17, 2022, a year ago

(Profound Lore)

Greg Pratt

Rating: 8.5

review black death apparition


California-based death metal band Apparition certainly have found an appropriate home on the always-on Profound Lore Records, the band delivering grimy, guttural death metal with tons of atmosphere here on their debut album. Feel follows up last year's Granular Transformation 7” with six long-ish (five or six minutes apiece) songs that masterfully go from grinding death to sludgy death-doom, but never sacrificing a good, simple, headbanging riff (see 2:18 of the opening “Unequilibrium”, watch the members of Obituary get really jealous). 

And speaking of headbanging, man, “Nonlocality” has incredible amounts of power in its slow-mo sludge/death, the band almost taking a meat-and-potatoes Cannibal Corpse approach to its writing: economy, smarts, and feel reign over technicality or strict adherence to form. And it's a victory, so is excellent album highlight “Perpetually Altered”, which nearly grinds but instead just kinda caveman blasts before slowing to a half-time stomp that absolutely crushes, and when the band pick things up later in the song, then use that creepy-vibe riff to end things off, man... they've got this down pat. What a song, as is the closing title track, the band diving deep into death-doom, first-album Paradise Lost atmosphere but with a heavier, sludgier, more underground feel. 

This is a fantastic debut from Apparition, the band basically getting it all right. They don't really need to go anywhere from here; more albums like this, please.

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