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Creating a funeral-like atmosphere by manipulating both the fine art of suspense and a bastardized version of Burzum and Emperor, Xasthur's music is as far from mainstream as you could imagine. However, tracks like the deviously dynamic "Trauma Will Always Linger" display a more advanced structure than any major label disc's metal could ponder. Setting a melancholic tone through the use of dense walls of sound that manage to emit waves of hypnotic guitar riffs and keyboards, this 11-track ode to suffering provides magnificent malaise to anyone already having a bad day and wanting to sink a little lower. Prepare for the darkness with SUBLIMINAL GENOCIDE playing in the background and the underworld's minions are bound to be summoned.
- Mike SOS