Breaking their way through France and into international airwaves by way of Blood Harvest Records comes Cadaveric Fumes and their debut mini album Dimensions Obscure. This release by these French monsters reeks to the lowest submerged crypts of death as if it were pulled from its very own coffin only to be unleashed to torment us all. Cadaveric Fumes isn’t just straight forward ground and pound death metal however. They do have a bludgeoning style of play that turns solid bones to dust, but even so their brand of death metal is atmospheric and all encompassing.
As soon as the first wretched note hits your ears and as soon as the fresh stench of death hits your nostrils you know that you are in for deadly ride. Cadaveric Fumes does play an interesting and almost unorthodox style of death metal. As mentioned they don’t just go for the jugular constantly and provide you with deafening death metal constantly. The amount of atmosphere that they inject into their music something that is fresh and gives the listener something different to listen to and gives the listener plenty of variation and plenty of reprieve from being pummeled into the ground constantly.
Each of the four songs on Dimensions Obscure are relatively long which gives Cadaveric Fumes plenty of time to pull you into their crypt filled mazes with a skeletal hand and make you a part of the macabre decorations. Every song is deadly and sucks you in deeper and deeper into their death filled wormhole from which you are to never be seen again. Dimensions Obscure is an album that pulls you in for good and makes you want to stay and listen to more and more and over and over again. Even though this is a mini album this has the same weight a full album has and packs just as much of a punch.
With all of the sinister atmosphere that Cadaveric Fumes provides for you (especially at the end) you feel as though you are attending your own funeral at times. The songs closing out your life are the songs on this record and the last thing you hear before the casket closes is the closer Swallowed into Eternity. This release is wholly sinister, macabre, mysterious, heavy and much more. All of the obscurity and deadly aspects come from the filthy riffs, reanimating bass lines, chest thumping drums and the bile filled zombie like vocals.
This is an album that is filled with death that has a certain spirituality about it as well. Dimensions Obscure sticks with you for a while, and ultimately you end up playing the record numerous times until the music gets imprinted in your mind. With the slick musicianship, skin crawling atmosphere and great song writing, this mini album is as solid as a debut can be.
Dimensions Obscure will be out through Blood Harvest Records May 2, 2016.