Gathering Darkness – The Heat Of A Dying Sun

Band Name: Gathering Darkness
Album Name: The Heat Of A Dying Sun
Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label: Necromance Records
Released: May 2017
Buy Album: https://gatheringdarkness.bandcamp.com/album/the-heat-of-a-dying-sun
Band Website: http://www.facebook.com/gatheringdarknessofficial/

Gathering Darkness The Heat Of A Dying Sun

Band Line-up:

José Lavín “Uruksoth” Cabello – Vocals,
Jesus – Drums,
Abathor – Guitar,
David – Guitar,
Jhaldreën – Bass.

Track Listing:

1. Infernus Terra Est
2. A World Within Us (Post Human World)
3. The Light Won’t Save You
4. The Heat Of A Dying Sun
5. I’m The Weapon (…But You’re The Killer)
6. The Fall Of All Your Gods
7. The Nihilist Manifest
8. Blood Of Our Enemy
9. The Darkness That Dwells Inside Me

Review

In these dark times we live in, it’s comforting to think about getting in from a hard day’s labours, locking the door and sinking into a nice, comfy sofa to blast away your problems with an album of darkness. Happily, there’s a place where that’s gathering: ‘The Heat Of A Dying Sun’, courtesy of death metallers GATHERING DARKNESS. There’s something more than a little wholesome about ruining one’s eardrums and chasing the pain away by listening to a deliciously dark slab of death metal…

A casual glance at ‘The Heat Of A Dying Sun’ and it’s track titles will tell you all you need to know about the ride you are about to embark upon. From the opening blast of “Infernus Terra Est”, what follows forth is a bleak, furious flurry of death metal carnage. José Lavín “Uruksoth” Cabello sounds positively beastly manning the throat blender; ably capturing the dark, fiery aesthetic the band are aiming for.

It’s exceptionally well-performed, yet doesn’t feel in anyway like the sort of cold, mechanical and highly-processed death metal modern tech bands produce time and time again. There’s a warmth to the album that makes for a far more palatable listen: drums grind and blast away admirably, courtesy of Jesus (yep), whilst the efforts of guitar-slingers David and Abathor are sublime. The solos are face melting (discerning ears should be cast in the direction of “The Light Won’t Save You” and “The Fall Of All Your Gods” for confirmation).

Despite this, the hardest hits are at the beginning of the album – ‘The Heat Of A Dying Sun’ is simply unrelenting in its attack. The sad result of that is one becomes numb to the assault, and tracks can begin to blur into a bleak howl into the void. It would almost be beneficial to listen in two parts to fully appreciate the brutality of the album, rather than exhausting oneself with the full slog. Additionally, a touch more bass presence wouldn’t go amiss and would go some way to lessening the fatigue from grinding treble guitars.

There may be a gathering darkness on our little planet, but there will always be music to get us through. ‘The Heat Of A Dying Sun’ will certainly help to that end, and the performances from GATHERING DARKNESS ensures that the album retains a sense of humanity about it. It may be a touch tiring if listened to in one hit, but the warmth, courtesy of that dying sun, ensures this is a dependable death metal album to get us through the dark times.

Review by  Lee Carter
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