November 20, 2020

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We only got quickies for you this week, due to dat bird with the fixins… you know the one.  Regular biweekly reviews pick up again on December 4!)

Dark Psychosis – The Edge of Nowhere (Moribund)

Psychedelic black metal from Lansing, Michigan. This is a one man operation, and sounds like it. 

Honestly, aside from some creepy-cool ambient effects, there’s not a lot to grab hold of. I am in favor of lo-fi recordings and underproduction in general, but this album treads that murky area in between. He tried really hard to have quality sound production, but has no idea how to put it all together. The result is sterile feeling and awkward, which might work for garage-indie, but black metal needs to feel visceral or it doesn’t work. 

Sean. Buddy. Stop going by Xaphan because no one is actually going to call you that and stick to working with Cavalcade. Their input would most likely have helped this record quite a bit. 

The best track on the album is the Digital Only cut, “Drink Fight and Fuck”. What makes it good is the raw, live feel to it. No production whatsoever. Sounds like shit and is better for it. 

Start with: “Born to Lose”, “Dark Call…”, “Drink Fight and Fuck”

FFO: Satanarchy, Ghoul Cult

-JR

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