Published Sep 02, 2015Is it possible that sludge-metal specialists and Grief worshippers Grime smartly named themselves so they'd be filed directly behind the Boston doom legends alphabetically in the record bins, as a sign of respect? Though they hail from Italy, their music certainly doesn't evoke romantic images of eating gelato on gondolas. This down-tuned quartet spawns yet another end-time message of utter hate, as Circle of Molesters is a hideous canvas of a world coming down, hideously bleak and remorseless — and a deserving follow-up to 2013's devastatingly heavy Deteriorate.
As the album intro "Obscuration" rumbles to life, vocalist/guitarist Marco's blackened rasp gives "Get Immortal" much undead gravitas. "Verge of Wrath" swings doomily like old Negative Reaction, "Sulphurous Veins" lopes along like a mortally wounded Haarp and "Decay in Hades" sports jagged Eyehategod riffage, while "Salvation Come From Below" nods to Iron Monkey's smothering chords.
Swathed in pungently detailed, Dave Patchett-esque cover art by Texas street artist Jason Barnett (Noothgrush, Cleric), Circle of Molesters is at once a slow-mo hymn to degeneracy and a hopeful testament for Cough, Behold! The Monolith, Encoffination and others of this ilk to find consolation and commonality. (Argento)