Oreamnos
The Granite Wall

So this fall sees a couple of Matt Schott (Valdur, Sxuperion) projects drop new albums. There’s a disgusting new Cabinet EP and this project he has with his former cohort in Weverin, named Oreamnos.

I covered the prior Oreamnos release, Into the Night, and it was as I was expected considering Schott’s (who does drums and vocals here) other projects – a filthy, grimy take on oozing discordant death metal. But when the guitarist and bassist for the band Sam ‘The harp’, emailed me the promos and said they had added some HM2 groove to their sound I was skeptical.

Well, I was wrong.

Now, structurally this is still filthy, undulating death/doom, and still has Schott’s unfathomable, monstrous growls and that Cabinet/Sxuperion stench, but by god, it is indeed now rendered with a disgustingly heavy Hm2 Swedish guitar tone and also has a little more groove and rumble amid the cavernous, filthy throes.

The six lengthy songs and intro have a slightly different pace and gait than Into the Night, as if someone took Entrails, slowed them down to half speed, and mixed it with Seep or Schott’s other projects. And it’s huuuuuuuge. I mean the groove a minute into “Pendulum” is just revolting, or the “Stairs Leading to Nowhere” with its massive build and filthy Swedish canter at 3;38, and another surprisingly deft Swedish death metal gallops toward the end of “Lizard Eater” as well as the opening riff of “Granite Walls” are just sickeningly heavy.

I’m happy to be wrong on this one, Oreamnos has made a killer development to their sound and made an absolutely filthy album of death/doom with a gnarly, nasty Hm2 sound that just makes it even filthier.

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Written by Erik T
November 3rd, 2023

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