As a rough estimate, I’d say that I probably spend on average at least four or five hours a day listening to music, and the vast majority of what I listen to is metal. As a result, I feel like I’ve built up something of a tolerance to a lot of it, to the point where a band that would probably scare the shit out of a non-metal listening muggle (like, say, Anaal Nathrakh) isn’t really all that shocking to me anymore.
This Ululatum Tollunt demo, though? Man, this shit is bad for my anxiety – yet I’ve been listening to it on repeat for the better part of the last two days.
Originally self-released in limited quantities (and under a different title) last year, Quantum Noose of Usurpation is 20 minutes of violent, claustrophobic black metal that’s sure to be a jolt to the system of even the most jaded of listeners. Imagine something like the cacophony of a band like Portal, but instead of being buried under layers of reverb, Ululatum Tollint (which is Latin for ‘war cry’) cover it all with a thick layer of scuzz. The guitar and bass tones are thick and sludgy instead of the tinny tones one would expect from black metal, and the vocals are more vomited than shrieked. The individual tracks all kind of blend together, but that actually works in the band’s favor; the songs are hypnotic in their repetitiveness, but eventually, like with all the best primal black metal, that hypnotic quality yields to something far more oppressive.
That’s not to say, however, that the band relies solely on atmosphere in their songwriting; instead, the demo is so remarkably cohesive that it’s nearly impossible to consider it as anything other than as a nearly flawless whole. Quantum Noose of Usurpation is one of the best no-frills black metal releases I’ve heard in a very long time, and I cannot wait to see what they do next.