SSANAHTES- ‘Ssanahtes’

Metal records often work best when they sound as if they’re being played live. The massive, monstrous, sprawling debut effort from Ssanahtes couldn’t do any better without the French five-piece knocking on your door and plugging into your living room. Opener ‘Kumaru’ sets the pace- over 10 minutes of doom-laden post-metal that fills every available space in the mix and demands your attention throughout. There are the requisite riffs and roars but it is also layered with distorted vocals, warping electronics, and oppressive ambience. With such little room to breathe the album can feel like an endurance test at times but fans of Cult of Luna, Amenra, and bastard walls of noise will find plenty of reward for the effort.

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