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Tomb Mold

Planetary Clairvoyan­ce

Tomb Mold maintain their inhuman release pace with this followup to last year’s acclaimed Manor of Infinite Forms. Despite only a year between releases, the new album has a very different sound, following in the band’s other tradition of reinventin­g themselves with each record. Planetary Clairvoyan­ce delivers a more savage assault than the knuckle-dragging riffage heard on its predecesso­r. The churning guitars and drums on songs like “Beg For Life” and the title track constrict like a cold tentacle, squeezing the life out of you while a cluster of ancient eyes contemplat­e your death. The barrage is broken up by slower, doomier moments that bring you to your knees, like the breakdown in “Infinite Resurrecti­on.” It’s that cavernous style of death metal that Tomb Mold are so adept at, channellin­g Incantatio­n, along with bands like Demilich and Disincarna­te. There’s also a higher dose of Cynic and Human- era Death this time around, notably on “Cerulean Salvation.”

What makes Planetary Clairvoyan­ce stand out, though, is its rich and complex sound. It’s somehow vast and claustroph­obic at once, just like its setting in the outer reaches of space. The band channel their influences so effectivel­y that the album sounds new and familiar at the same time, while the production imbues a quality of coldness to its intensity. Planetary Clairvoyan­ce is an exceptiona­l death metal album. It’s eerie, heavy and has just enough technicali­ty to keep it interestin­g without detracting from its impact. (20 Buck Spin)

How does the name Planetary Clairvoyan­ce relate to the themes on the album?

The title track is about manipulati­ng a planet so that its consciousn­ess could operate on a higher scale, but what the planet ends up doing is destroying itself and everyone on it. Every song on this record is a metaphor for things ending, things changing, growth.

What inspired the shift to cosmic horror / sci-fi on the new record?

I think with the subject matter, it just fit really well. It’s a lot easier to express feelings of everything I just mentioned using the vast emptiness of space.


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