By: Geoff Topley
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Released on May 23, 2016 via Self Released
Somehow Italian post-metal band Tomydeepestego are in my subconscious, hence my decision to review their fourth album TMDE. But I can’t recall why I know about them, only a vague recollection of something to do with ASIWYFA. Anyways, their ten year history now finds them comfortably producing their own albums and self-releasing for free via Bandcamp. You can name your price too, and you should, because the guys have clearly put their all into making an album that can sit rightfully in your collection alongside Pelican, ISIS and Russian Circles.
I’d go as far as to say they can probably sit in a loftier echelon than Pelican, based on their recent output. But Tomydeepestego fall short of the brilliance of Russian Circles, who raised the post-metal bar immeasurably with Memorial. My initial desire to call the band Tommy Deepestego abated, TMDE is best listened to on a stereo system that goes up to eleven. The production is excellent throughout, with a good combination of bowel shaking bass and gut punching drums.
Opener ‘Victor’ adds intrigue to the mix with some swerving keyboards. It’s a hefty track that has enough dynamic to warrant repeat plays. The pace slows a little with ‘Tetra’ and the keyboards are allowed to flourish a little more over the scathing guitars. Eventually, the track becomes a firecracker of chugging guitars layered to the max to create a huge wall of sound.
Variation becomes a minor issue by ‘Shai’ as the blueprint sound is so heavily relied on. I’d like a little more lead work to add some melody to the incessant riffs. Thankfully ‘Decade’ means I don’t have to wait long for this request as this highlight track allows some air to flow through the mix. When the guitars wander and soar at the end, it’s a sound I could do with hearing more of. The heaviest track on the album is ‘Hecatomb’, a warped collision of humming keyboards, off kilter guitars and squealing loops. Guitars threaten to destroy all remnants of drums, but when the final sounds the drums make contains tapping the side of the snare, I’m glad they won the battle.
I’m all for bands doing things on their own terms, so kudos to Tomydeepestego for producing their own album, then allowing fans to decide how much they want to give. TMDE is a fine body of work and the band will hopefully become more than veterans of just the Italian post-metal scene. As I said before, not quite up with the standard set by the classic Memorial, but easily as good as the last Pelican album, fans of those bands should give this a listen.