Tombs - Path Of Totality
The arrival of the sophomore Tombs full length Path Of Totality got me very excited; their debut Winter Hours was my runaway favourite album of 2009 with its fresh and innovative take on black metal, in addition to being just downright bloody heavy. But so often, the added hype and expectation can lead to massive disappointment as results fail to live up to hope - thankfully this is not the case with Path Of Totality, as the band build on the mighty foundations laid down by its predecessor. This time Tombs have moved away from the more traditional black metal approach of high pitched chainsaw guitars, and instead rely on similarly paced low-end riffs; the openly vitriolic hatred is still very much here in abundance, and the deleterious onslaught of malevolence ensures that this album is even heavier than before. Whilst there may not be a dazzling jewel ala ‘Gossamer’, the melodious riffs of ‘Vermillion’ and ‘Silent World’ slide perfectly alongside the crushing force of ‘Constellations’ and the title track to take Path Of Totality beyond just another thrash-and-bash record.