Boomkat Product Review:
Xasthur could well be to black metal what Garth Marenghi is to horror fiction. When you hit the Xasthur website you're confronted by some text inviting you to click on the logo "to descend..." (if you're expecting The Abyss at the end of all this, you'll be sorely disappointed to find a discography instead) and the album's 'Thank You' credits list as "There is no one to thank. F*@k you." Furthermore, we are told that "The lyrics are unavailable upon request." And so the scene is set for another nocturnal emission from dark lord and occasional Sunn O))) collaborator Malefic. This time round the album features real drums and real cello in addition to the customary array of BC Rich Warlocks, keyboards and drum machines - sorry, make that "inhuman drums" - not to mention Malefic's distinctive high-end vocal snarl. Throughout, the album finely balances tracks that assume the role of high velocity treble assaults with slower, more atmospheric grinders. The best could well have been left until last though, with a mighty eight minutes of cello drone and harmonised guitar propping up 'Unblessed Be'. Nice one Malefic. Keep up the... bad work, by which I mean the good work.