Gorrch: Nera Estasi

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Nera Estasi is an album that reaches out and slaps you in the face with all of the anger and general disdain for human life that it has. Through six songs you get nothing but earth scorching black metal, and sooner or later you get engulfed in hellish flames. Gorrch hails from Italy, and their brand of black metal is chaotic and ridiculously ferocious. As soon as the album begins, Gorrch attacks from all sides with tumultuous musicianship and throat ripping vocals and never slow down until you reach the final seconds.

This release isn’t afraid of confronting you and getting in your face. Nera Estasi is abrasive and wholly chaotic throughout. The production of this release is great as well as it keeps the album raw but it doesn’t sound as though it was recorded in the back of a cave somewhere. If the production wasn’t as clean as it is the message would be entirely lost.

Once the play button is firmly pressed, this abyssal rocket sets off and doesn’t care whether you hold on tight or not. Nera Estasi pierces your sanity, corrupts your soul and sets you morals ablaze in a magnificent pyre. It isn’t a release that is just bleak, this is a release that is shrouded in skin corroding poison fog.

All throughout, Gorrch tries to make you feel as unsettled and uncomfortable as possible. The atmosphere that they provide does the majority of the foot work when making you both unsettled and uncomfortable. The atmosphere that these Italian black metal blasphemers provide is one of tumult and unadulterated evil.

With each song you get riffs that burn the flesh straight off of your bones, drums that are brain scrambling, a bass that is thick and ever present, and vocals that are screamed at you with a gravely roar and along with that roar you get vocals that are almost chanted. With each element that is brought together in this stew of pure hate, you get a murky sound that is thick and hard to ingest at times.

Gorrch make this listen interesting as you do not hear the same thing twice. Nera Estasi makes you feel as though your soul is withering away into the shrouded abyss of eternal darkness. There is an edge about this record that makes you spiral downward into oblivion and that is exactly what Gorrch is looking for.

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