Inverloch – “The Empyrean Torment” (Stereogum Premiere)
Founded in 2011, Australia’s Inverloch are a technically young band, but their roots run deep. Guitarist Matthew Scarajew and drummer Paul Mazziotta were pivotal members of diSEMBOWELMENT, whose sole 1993 album Transcendence Into The Peripheral helped define the chiming, glacially paced death metal mutation eventually became funeral doom in the hands of acts like Evoken, Skepticism, and Esoteric. Inverloch practice this sepulchral discipline with mastery befitting their history on Distance | Collapsed, their first full-length effort under the new moniker. “The Empyrean Torment” largely consists of a particularly vivid example of this approach — the band’s weight swings like a pendulum from beat to ponderous beat, accentuating a series of despondent melodies that sound like they’re wailing out of some vast cave. But Inverloch can crush at speed, too, and prove it at the song’s rabid conclusion. Listen.
Distance | Collapsed will be available on 3/4 via Relapse Records.