|Review: Endless Dismal Moan - Endless Dismal Moan|
|Endless Dismal Moan|
Year released: 2004
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 12, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:Endless Dismal Moan
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (10 Votes)
Ever wondered what the movies 'Ringu', 'Ju-On – The Grudge' or 'Dark Water' would sound like if they had black metal soundtracks? Endless Dismal Moan, that's what – and this is some truly fucking terrifying shit. Starting out in 2001, they released a number of demos which helped to pave the way for this, which was their debut full length release.
Endless Dismal Moan have managed to encapsulate the entire Asian horror genre into aural form, with discordant hate filled black metal of the highest degree, dissonant chords jangling the nerves, biting deep into your eardrums like an angry pit-bull terrier, shaking and mutilating until your mind is left exhausted through sheer intensity. The vocals sound like someone in dire need of an exorcist, with torturous screams escalating the condensed malevolence to the highest possible level, bordering on insanity. The drum machine doesn't add a great deal to the sound, and does get a little tiresome on some tracks, but it isn't overtly annoying thankfully thanks to its diverse rhythms, and enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. It's really the atmospheres of sheer tormented iniquity which truly makes this album what it is, pushing such bands as Xasthur's extremities to new unfathomable degrees of wretchedness – amazing.
Endless Dismal Moan are certainly one of the best Japanese band's I've heard, and it's well worth testing some of their stuff out… but just don't listen to it if it mysteriously comes into your possession – otherwise you'd better watch out for Sadako climbing out of your speakers when you're not looking 7 days later.
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