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Mother Cul­ture

DARK ESSENCE Nordic blackgaze crew of­fer few side­ways glances Deafheaven’s Sun­bather set a blackgaze bench­mark few have sur­passed, but Nor­we­gians Avast are the lat­est to try. Open­ing with the ti­tle track they quickly es­tab­lish a fa­mil­iar for­mula; the harsh vo­cals of Hans Olaf Myr­vang match the track’s fu­ri­ous ra­pac­ity, build­ing to a tremu­lously wist­ful close, be­fore in­stru­men­tal The

Myth in­cor­po­rates reedy, uplift­ing tremo­los and solo­ing paeans. The World

Be­longs To Man show­cases Avast’s pro­gres­sive po­tency, build­ing amidst waves of per­cus­sion to a bruis­ing, hard­core scuf­fle. Ul­ti­mately, Mother Cul­ture blasts and rasps with aplomb, break­ing down in hazily melan­cholic de­noue­ments in all the right places. But Avast fail to sur­prise, so this record is best de­scribed as pre­dictably en­joy­able.

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