TERRESTRIAL HOSPICE – Indian Summer Brought Mushroom Clouds

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.shadowrecords.se/?page=2
http://www.regainrecords.com
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://helterskelterproductions.bandcamp.com/album/indian-summer-brought-mushroom-clouds
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/InfernoBehemoth/

Band Line-up:

Inferno – Drums
Skyggen – Vocals, Guitars, Bass

Tracklisting:

01. The Sump Where the Universe’s Filth and Epheme
02. Please Accept My Most Sincere Condolences
03. Pyromaniac
04. Gang-raping the Seven Virtues
05. Come Join the Parade
06. Pig Prayer
07. Crucifixion of Anthropocentrism

Review:

Terrestrial Hospice are a two-piece black metal band on Shadow Records/Regain Records. After forming in 2018, the Poles quickly got to work on their first EP ‘Universal Hate Speech’ which Shadow released in the same year. They will be releasing their debut album ‘Indian Summer Brought Mushroom Clouds’ on 8th June, 2020 on CD, vinyl LP and cassette tape formats. It was released digitally on April 20th. It is a furious blast of Nordic-style hate, heavily inspired by second wave, early 90s BM.

Songs such as ‘The Sump Where the Universe’s Filth and Ephemera Collect’ do have some cool thrash metal riffing that’s surprisingly notey, but the chord progressions are almost always very typical in the LP. That was what the band were going for, but still, there’s being influenced by idols and there’s a complete lack of creativity. The song ‘Please Accept My Most Sincere Condolences’ is worth noting for its title alone. It’s certainly not a typical BM name and intentionally or not, it is pretty funny. Unfortunately however, it contains more of the same kind of chords. To be fair though, changes of textures and tempos are intriguing and a fair amount is going on with the guitars. Again, some pretty notey stuff, but not all songs are so busy. 

The twin guitar parts that are sometimes heard in the release do work together well, but as you may have guessed, they too stick to very cliched ideas. The drums are frantic, the vocals are evil, you get the idea. The song that I will simply call ‘GRtSV’ (it’s for the best) ends on some rather interesting sounds. The distorted strings get mixed with some dirty synths and the overall vibe is very doomy and spacey. The theme is pretty strong, too. Sadly such creativity is rare. ‘Come Join the Parade’ has some mid-tempo groove metal riffs, providing some good, old-fashioned moshability, but once they’re finished with, it’s back to the expected chaos.

In conclusion, this material isn’t bad and there are some reasonably strong highlights, but there is way too much of this kind of stuff out there in the world and most of it is better. This album is only really recommended for the hardcore who need to have as much extreme metal as they can. It is quite enjoyable for the most part and you can’t really fault the musicianship (some of the guitar chugging is very crisp and strangely moreish), but every day fans will probably be bored. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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