Binah
Hallucinating in Resurrecture

So I had to do a little research to discover that ‘Binah’ means ‘understanding,’ and is ‘the second intellectual sephira on the kabbalistic Tree of Life’. Oh yeah, it also happens to be the name of a new young English death metal trio, and their debut album is the best retro Swedish-styled death metal album you will hear in 2012. Previously, Revel In Flesh and Binah‘s label mates Horrendous were vying for that honor, but with Hallucinating in Resurrecture, it’s not even close and Binah will simply take the genre and all of death metal by storm.

The backbone of Binah‘s tone and sound is rooted in Entombed, Dismember and Carnage (as well as some of the Finnish bands like CorpsessedSlugathor, Desecresy and Funebre),and they are armed with the most lethal, murky, mid-range Stockholm guitar sound I’ve heard since Clandestine or Dismember‘s Pieces EP. There’s also a lot of Autopsy and some some thick Incantation/Disma hues by way of a thick doomy musk and crawl and the cavernous distant vocals.  In fact, there’s a vague doom/death vibe (do I detect some nods to Lost Paradise ?) to Binah that almost takes them out of the Stockholm worship genre, as much of the material is a thick, oozing lurch, if only for that guitar tone. Folks, the guitar tone (courtesy of Darksound Studio in Wolverhampton) is simply destructive – it’s not a crystal clear take on the tone a la Entrails, but a dirty, cavernous, stupidly hefty take on the the classic tone. And it’s helped by oodles of great slimy riffs and sickening, classic ’90s atmospheres.

“Into the Psychomanteum” sets the mood with a great old-school atmospheric intro before “Morbid Obumbration” erupts from the speakers, demanding your attention and that the volume switch be cranked all the way, even though your speakers or headphones may shatter in surrender. Delicate, haunting keys back the rumbling opening bars of muddy, earthy menace as the track eases the album into view. “A New Rotten Dawn” has the same initial mood and pace, but after a few bars, Binah show that they can blast with the best of them before ending with a classic Entombed mid-range canter. The Lost Paradise vibe is heavy (literally and figuratively) to start “The Emissary” before a rumbling runaway train Bolt Thrower-ish pace kicks in, showing Binah‘s homegrown influences are as big as their Swedish ones, and the song’s mid-length rumble is to die for.

Then the album takes a bit of a tangent into more savage realms as the duo of “Absorption into the Unearthly” and blustery instrumental “Eminence of the Somber” are the album’s most direct, short and brutal tracks. They could be long-lost Nihilist tracks, mostly forsaking anything doomy or atmospheric for an all-out shredder. However, the 7 + minute title track lumbers into view next, with a menacing, oppressive gait that never gets above a suffocating lope except for an explosive final minute. “Dissolution” initially starts with an urgency of the aforementioned two faster tracks but some melodies, grooves and keyboards slither into the mix. More epic sludgy doom arises for the monstrous “Crepuscular Transcendence,” which as the penultimate track before the outro (“Buried Baptistry”), cements the album and the band as a full-on fucking beast in the genre.

The great thing about the album is that it has some appeal to fans of all of the bands I listed above – it’s not just another pure retro-Stockholm homage or forced retro Incantation-worshipping affair.  It melds both into a vast doomy, death metal mutant of a record that’s going to be hard to pry from my number one album of 2012 slot at the end of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by Erik T
July 16th, 2012

Comments

  1. Commented by: Gabaghoul

    I liked your description of the guitar tone from the other night on TT…


  2. Commented by: E. Thomas

    you mean “if my dick had a dick, this guitar tone would make both hard”?


  3. Commented by: gabaghoul

    it was more like “there’s not enough blood in my dick to compensate for this guitar tone, I need a second dick as well”


  4. Commented by: vugelnox

    THAT much better than Horrendous you say? Color me intrigued


  5. Commented by: Biff_Tannen

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