Hailing from Australia is black metal outfit Cancer and above is the cover for their very first studio album titled Terminal. This release is filled with five visceral, emotional, dark and depressive black metal songs that make you slink back into the darker recesses of your mind. Terminal is a unique listen that grabs your attention right off the bat and doesn’t let you leave your listen until the final note has been played. The more that you listen the more you get sucked in to the dark, twisting and altogether depressive world that Cancer provides for you.
Terminal begins with a very short lead in that lasts all of three seconds before you get completely subjected to the very raw and visceral black metal that Cancer plays so well. Each of the five songs that make an appearance on this record are dismal and just as blasphemous and soul suffocating as the last. Once you begin listening you become trapped in a vortex of damning and utterly dismal black metal, and no matter the depressive qualities, you end up pressing play over and over again to get your yearly dose depressive black metal.
The atmospheres that Cancer provides for you in this release are dense, bleak and they envelop you in a dark and abyssal fog for the entirety of the listen. Throughout the listen and the more that you do listen, the more that you end up getting wrapped up in the music which means you get wrapped up in the atmosphere as well, and when you do you end up in a sinister mindset. Terminal provides you with twisting and venomous atmospheres that ultimately are just as dangerous as the pummeling and punishing musicianship.
Cancer has put out an incredibly raw and emotional release and to make it so they seem to have taken all of the shit in the world, balled it up and put it on this record. While listening to Terminal you can feel all of that emotion and rawness that was put into it and that is just another factor that makes this album a great listen. Not only does Terminal provide you with atmospheres that are damning and venomous, and not only does Terminal serve up all the shit in the world on a gnarled platter, but you can feel all of it come through the speakers.
Terminal is a captivating album that gets you engrossed immediately and keeps you listening all throughout and makes you want to listen even more once one rotation is over. For this being the first studio recording for this Australia based band, this is a great listen that all black metal fans would enjoy.
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