Staying as far away from genre tags as the band possibly can is ThrOes as they describe themselves as “dissident metal” and even after just one full listen of this release that fits a whole lot better than whatever else you can think of tagging it under. ThrOes takes ques from genres such as doom, black metal and death metal to name just a few and really that doesn’t scratch the surface at all. This Viper Womb is a culmination of sounds and genres that ultimately creates something new and creates a new sound that treks through the path unbeaten.
After a bit of an intro, This Viper Womb kicks off into full gear and doesn’t look back from there. As soon as the intro concludes you dive head first into the nihilistic sounds that ThrOes has to offer and sooner rather than later you get swept away by the crashing tides of abrasive and bleak metal. This Viper Womb does a great job of sucking you in right from the beginning only to spit you out an hour later looking like a chewed up shell of your former self. This release is a captivating one as you end up having a hard time peeling yourself away from your headphones or speakers until the final song has concluded.
Even though This Viper Womb has a great amount of different sounds to it, ThrOes mixes everything together very well to provide you with a cohesive sound. Each song bounces around from genre to genre, but even in doing that none of the songs have a schizophrenic or unfocused feeling to them. The album in general flows together very nicely and moves along as a destructive unit instead of just individual songs without direction.
There is a great deal of variety in this release and while listening you will be lucky to guess what you will be hearing next. ThrOes ends up gripping you tight and keeping your attention as they take you along for a blistering ride throughout This Viper Womb. Since there is quite a bit happening it does take a few listens for it all to settle in and with each listen you end up finding new things that you didn’t hear in your listens previous.
To go along with all of the different elements that ThrOes brings to the table, they also ladle out a fair amount of atmosphere that you end up getting lost in. This entire release is filled with mesmerizing atmosphere that keeps you wrapped up and keeps you listening. The atmosphere that you get when listening is dark and sinister for the most part and ends up shrouding you in mystic fog until the only thing you can focus on are the dissonant riffs.
All throughout This Viper Womb you can find new things with each listen to choke down. You will find atmosphere, droning-dissonant-heart-stopping-doom-laden-metal, blistering face shredding sounds and so much more, and no matter what sound you are getting one thing can be for sure, and that is that this music is entirely heavy. There are zero moments while listening to this where you think, “Oh, yeah, this could get more interesting”, or “this could be heavier”. The entire album is as heavy as an anvil and an overall intriguing ride and at the end you end up pressing play again.
ThrOes goes heavily against the grain and created a style all their own and a sound all their own and with that This Viper Womb was born and once you listen you won’t be able to get it out of your head.