Listening to Vessel of Iniquity is like a brush with Lovecraft’s horror, or the existential musings of Ligotti. Its very existence is seemingly set-up into pushing listeners to confront the very boundaries of what could previously be considered possible or in this case musical. But like the aforementioned authors, those who dare will be richly rewarded.
‘Alma | Baltica’, is the product of a band hard at work redefining their sound and whilst the resultant record might not be a high-point of their catalog in itself, it does indicate both a willingness to experiment and a promising direction for future development.
‘In Becoming A Ghost’ is an ambitious and restless album and clearly, the product of many hours in the studio spent honing their sound. It’s precise without ever appearing clinical and challenging, but also highly listenable.
Overall ‘Askesis’ is a dark, absorbing listen; the numerous twists and turns serving to add additional dynamism to the band’s sound whilst avoid the familiar trap of sounding contrived or tacked-on as an afterthought.