Leviathan - _Tentacles of Whorror_
(Moribund , 2004)
by: T. DePalma (7.5 out of 10)
This is the third album proper by the one-manned sound enterprise Leviathan, a ghostly ambient work with strong black metal tendencies. Twelve tracks of suicide-themed music that bear a wide range of influence gathering industrial, death, darkwave and rock into over one hour's worth of schismatic time changes, as songs segue to the next and within themselves portraying a dream landscape of criminal thoughts. Leviathan's music is cowled in scraping production, often challenged by its melodically diverse personality. Bass is worthy of its even mix, while guitars are thin and comparable to _A Blaze in the Northern Sky_ or early Sepultura, and not surprisingly a speed/death element emerges early on with "Heir to the Noose of Ghoul". Whatever the more traditional instruments are involved in, there is always some element that further affects the unbalanced, schizophrenic mood displayed: bombs, wind, choirs, chamber sounds, keyboards and the effectively frightening (if at times whiney) hissing vocal performance by mastermind Wrest.

_Tentacles of Whorror_ is most rewarding when delving into its ambient side, showcased in "A Necessary Mutilation" and the spacey, Lynchian vibe of "Blood Red and True: Part 3". While this zealous blend of technique is interesting, the styles are more stacked rather than interwoven, and the more blatant black metal sections seem to be weighing down a much more potent creative force. "Vexed and Vomit Hexed" is easily the dullest piece, while track seven blasts through three minutes of rough, unspectacular hysteria then splits -- focusing on hypnotically reverberating guitar notes, loosely reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine, over a mid-paced stride. When splitting these types completely: one half appears a journeyman to early Burzum while the other half could be approaching its own sage-like summit. Recommended as a semi-brilliant, darkly engineered dichotomy of art.

Contact: http://www.moribundcult.com

(article published 31/7/2004)


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