Release date: 14th June 2019 || Genre: Experimental black metal || Label: Season Of Mist
Experimental black metal. Some may say it’s about time to drop some new elements into the cauldron again, and I’d tend to agree. This Gift Is A Curse have opted to harvest theirs from shards of the shattered edges around abrasive post-metal and grinding hardcore. Through this means, they achieve brutality by atmosphere, and a discomforting sensory assault. Somewhere, deep in the psyche of normative humanity, there is a strand of DNA which tells the average person this sound is a warning. A nauseous trigger, only to be suppressed by the most hardened seekers of the mind-fuck supreme.
While their music has developed, it has a very strong root concept, and A Throne Of Ash follows this up perfectly. Although recording has moved from the secret locations and abandoned houses of their previous efforts, they have continued to work with the same producer – Magbjork (Meleeh, Children Of Fall) – in order to maintain the artistic direction of their bizarre sound. In all likelihood, another hand at the helm may not be able to direct the vision to such satisfying results. Albeit results in which many may struggle to immerse themselves.
If you can comprehend the prospective enjoyment of smashing films such as Jacob’s Ladder, Mandy, and Requiem For A Dream, through a neon vortex of occult, blackened sludge, well, you should really dip your head deep into this barrel of undisclosed intoxicants. But be warned; this is strictly not for mass consumption.