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The latest release by American pseudo black metal unit Withered entitled DUALITAS yields an extreme metal tour de force chock full of vehement aggression draped in bleak atmosphere. Intertwining shrieking shards of velocity, tribal percussive fury, and sinewy drone metal slow crawls (“The Progenitor's Grasp”), Withered demonstrates advanced compositional control while still procuring a majestic tone and scope across this eight-track affair (“Seek The Shrouded”). Displaying a penchant for effortlessly changing tempos from blistering to deconstructive without losing their primal sense of brutality (“Extinguished with the Weary”), Withered has created a well-textured collection of savagery whose exploratory edge renders an adventurous listening experience encompassing the darker edge of the metal spectrum.
- Mike SOS