Published Jan 27, 2016Porous Chambers is a horror movie soundtrack in need of a film. From the opening moments, it's characterized by a profound, churning sense of dread. This manifests first in the crawling abjection of the body horror that is the wriggling mass of "Ankle Deep."
By the time "The Twisting Spires of Impending Insurmountable Madness" has collapsed on the listener's head, the record has been swallowed by the vastness of an oceanic Lovecraftian monster. One doom comes to pass after another, from the ghostly, insectoid buzz of "Burrower" to the acerbic, architectural nightmare of "Hikikomori." Both of these tracks are haunted, but by wildly different ghosts: one an evil, possessive entity, the other a ranging and restless spirit.
There is hope in this record, however, in the brooding but stately closing track "A Dignified Decay." While there is still a distant, shrieking misery, the worst of the supernatural violence has been traded for uneasy piece. For a moment, the shades and villains rest. (Hypaethral)