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Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews - DOM LAWSON

VÁN Aus­trian out­casts rein­vent the post-doom wheel

Some­where in the hazy grey be­tween post-metal, doom, sludge and prog, OSDOU have found a new way to chan­nel their ex­is­ten­tial churn. The Aus­tri­ans’ fourth al­bum is an un­apolo­getic trip, with four sprawl­ing but end­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing tracks that blend scabrous ag­gres­sion with stately pomp and dense psychedeli­a with sledge­ham­mer rep­e­ti­tion. Opener Galahad is 12 min­utes of mul­ti­di­men­sional doom, graced with soaring melodies but in­fused with wrong­ness and dread. You may de­tect flashes of Pri­mor­dial’s en­raged melo­drama or En­slaved’s windswept shock’n’awe amid the woozy, kalei­do­scopic drag of Song Of The Lower Classes, but OSDOU’S vi­sion is never less than sin­gu­lar. It ends with Sky Burial: a flurry of drones and skewed crescen­dos that morphs into a throb­bing goth metal stomp. Ut­ter mad­ness and stun­ning from start to end.

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FOR FANS OF: Pri­mor­dial, Swal­low The Sun, Yob

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