Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Svart Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://abhorrencefin.bandcamp.com/album/megalohydrothalassophobic
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/AbhorrenceFIN


BAND LINE-UP:

Jussi ‘Juice’ Ahlroth – bass
Tomi Koivusaari – guitar
Jukka Kolehmainen – vocals
Kalle Mattsson – guitar
Waltteri Väyrynen – drums

 

TRACKLISTING:

1 – Intro: The Mesh
2 – Anthem for the Anthropocene
3 – The Four Billion Year Dream
4 – Hyperobject Beneath the Waves
5 – The End Has Already Happened

 

REVIEW

I can imagine this EP being the absolute bane of metal DJs lives when drunk metalheads go up to the DJ booth and say “mate, have you got anything from ‘Megalohydrothassalophobic’”. I may even start doing it for a laugh.

For those who don’t know (myself included), Abhorrence originally started in 1989, lasted a year before having a break for over 20, and then getting back together again. This EP marks the fifth release from the Finns, including a live release last year. Founding member Tomi Koivusaari is possibly better known for also founding Amorphis’. Megalohydrothassalophobic of course means “an intense and persistent fear of giant sea creatures” and “…brings you a vision of Lovecraftian horror in the age of the ecological catastrophe. The lyrics fuse together the deeply unsettling tales of H.P. Lovecraft with the thought-provoking philosophy of Timothy Morton, arguably the most important thinker of the anthropoce, the current catastrophical age of human existence.”

It’s dark stuff indeed. After the foreboding, watery intro, you have four tracks of solid death metal. “Anthem for the Anthropocene” chugs along nicely without a massive amount of variation until the final minute. “The Four Billion Year Dream” has a really catchy downward scale motif that’s good to nod along to.

Whilst it’s solid stuff, there’s not really a lot of variation on the EP to distinguish one track from another. I don’t see any of them becoming timeless metal anthems, so this is probably only one for the die-hard death metal fans.

Review by

Bob Davidson

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