Newest album from Fantome De Sang, a brutally exhaustive affectation of lofi black metal extremity and the numbing repetition of heavier psych rock outfits like Pharaoh Overlord. The black metal influence on "Devouement" is far more pronounced and discernible, moving away from the bleak and foggy formlessness of previous works and towards a new method of regressive primacy, an attempt to unify the violent spirit of black metal to its more philosophical concerns. Guitars unbury themselves from beneath the dirt of the pieces here, eschewing molten noise in favor of sludge torrents and feedback deathclouds. "Devouement" is a 76 minute sojourn to the dead pockets of the great cosmic indifference, a collection of screams from forests beyond the pale. Listening to this record is an exercise in endurance as well as a window to a higher altered consciousness-like the earlier Fantome De Sang albums, the goal here is transcendence. Whether you arrive through violence or temporal mind drift is irrelevant.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies. $10 ppd. in the United States, $22 rest of world.