Review: Grave Miasma - Abyss Of Wrathful Deities (2021) / From The Bowels Of Perdition

Grave Miasma

Abyss Of Wrathful Deities

Grave Miasma Review

Almost five years in the making, Abyss Of Wrathful Deities doesn’t really take up where Endless Pilgrimage left off, nor is it a perpetuation of the Odori Sepulcrorum’s cryptic feel and its deeply meditative, trance-like soundscapes. Indeed, whereas Odori Sepulcrorum felt as if being written in the daydreaming haze of chemically induced state of reduced consciousness, this new one comes across as a potent and focused statement, like something that is intrinsically more physical than metaphysical, contrary to the debut that was exactly the opposite. One could even go as far as to say that the material presented is slightly more accessible and conventional, but given the competent execution and the seductive resonance of the music, something like that could hardly be considered a flaw, despite the fact that those two particular attributes seldom sound flattering when used to describe a death metal record. However, notwithstanding all its little nuances and novelties, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Abyss Of Wrathful Deities.

The riffs on the record are dense and complementary, meaning that they seem to work very well with each other and seldom go out of their way to interrupt the flow of the predominantly homogeneous musical substance, that is sure devoid of major surprises, but highly dynamic and multilayered regardless. Just like their previous album, this one also requires a listener to dive really deep in order to penetrate the surface and the intent behind the music, but this time around that effort asks for a completely different kind of concentration, and a completely different mindset. Unlike Odori Sepulcrorum that was visceral and intuitive, Abyss Of Wrathful Deities is significantly more methodical and cerebral.

It appears that, with this new record, Grave Miasma learned a new dialect of the language they had already spoken remarkably well, expanded the boundaries of their sound and vision, and introduced a somewhat different set of moods and emotions to their music, without sacrificing the slightest bit of the relevance they established with their previous releases. In terms of how it was devised and brought to fruition, Abyss Of Wrathful Deities is a tribute to the band’s admirable ambition to reinvent themselves without actually losing themselves and their identity. Staying the same while morphing into something different certainly isn’t an easy task, but it is the one that has been executed here with confidence, wisdom, and, last but not least, a fair amount of style and elegance.


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