Review by Alex on January 21, 2021.
From the rotting rear-end of Caligari Records, shat out Canadian death metal band Perihelion Gnosis. The debut demo soon to be released titled Syzygial Suffering has a thick sonic fabric that encompasses death metal, doom and thrash and in some cases takes a cannonball into funereal territory.
Two exceptionally well recorded tracks in the form of 'Syzygial Summoning of His Pale-Skinned Majesty (Sacrifice of the Neverborn)' and 'Nebular Hypothesis (The All-Mother's Cyclical Un-Birth; Genesis of the Swarm)' will snatch you from the comfort of your spongy couch to a planet which can only be identified as fucked. Sacrifice of the Neverborn? is this about abortion? But on a sinister scale? Like snatching the fetus out of the womb, hand in cunt style? I don't know, but what I do know is that this track along with it's partner in crime 'Nebular Hypnosis', muster up a bold spawning of death metal. It's groovy sometimes, fast and pummeling and even catchy in some instances.
Vocals are sort of cavernous but not overly echoed, the riffs sound old school as fuck and the drumming is a showcase of styles. As for the production, it's surprisingly clear but still has a rough organic edge that never dissipates. Both tracks are dynamic as they incorporate a variety of genre transitions and musical maneuvers from death to doom and back with thrash and funeral doom being snuck into the thick of things occasionally. Interesting record, keep your telescope calibrated to Perihelion Gnosis' coordinates.
Rating: 7 out of 10202