There’s nothing quite like adding a little bit of abyssal gloom to your day, and the people that are supplying it call themselves Battle Path. With their new release Ambedo, these American blackened doomsters plan on gravel dragging you through the rockiest most desolated place they can find. Ambedo is five songs of black metal crusted doom, and the combination of those two genres creates something that is grimy and abysmal. The album gives off an impression of isolation as well as desolation, whether that be isolation of the mind and desolation of the soul, that’s to be determined by you.
No matter which way you slice it Ambedo is as soul crushing as it gets. Each song is low, slow and completely crusty making you feel entirely sordid and filthy after just one listen.
Not only does Ambedo give off a certain evil about it, but with the mixture of synthesizers it gives off a melancholy feel as well. So not only do you feel assaulted by the general darkness and buzzing attrition around you, you then feel hopeless and isolated.
The majority of the album is played at a glacier slow pace only to give way to faster breaks here and there. Each song buzzes and rumbles enough to vibrate your brain right out of your skull.
Through the entirety of Ambedo there’s no taking a break or a breather as the music is completely suffocating. The only real break that you end up getting is when the synths kick in and take over and slow the song down even more to a sound that isn’t quite as bone jarring.
The riffs are a fuzz covered onslaught that are supplemented by a thick bass and ominous drumming. Wafting over each song are the synths that provide each song that extra touch of haunting mysticism. The vocals that pour out of the speakers lean more toward the black metal side of the spectrum as the vocalist screeches and screams throat ripping vocals.
Ambedo is dark and cold and Battle Path doesn’t work terribly hard to provide that type of atmosphere as it just seems to ooze from the band naturally. Whether you are a doom fan or a black metal fan, there is something here for you as Battle Path mixes both genres together very well to create their abyssal sound.