Published Jan 28, 2014Emerging from the same shadows that spawned Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neurosis and Pelican, Allochiria intricately weave the cherished subtleties of their revered influences to create their debut album. Omonoia is a multilayered masterpiece combining the raw power of sludge metal tempered with psychedelic soundscapes orchestrated by a kaleidoscope of instrumental effects.
A voice, shrouded in disguise, quotes a passage from William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch at the beginning of the opening track, "Today Will Die Tomorrow." The passage serves as a prologue foreshadowing the tumultuous nature of the record and instilling a sense of uneasiness. That unnerving sensation grows as guitar melodies fade in and gently usher you into a dark and cryptic world where beautiful soundscapes guide you through a labyrinth of introspection. Then, a cascade of sludge metal riffs crash upon your senses; anguished vocals carve through the cacophony of noise only to recede back into haunting instrumental measures.
Shedding the poor production and repetitive song structure that has held back the artistic merit of the fringe genres of metal, Allochiria has brought the taboo nature of such musical extremes and reworked them into a sound that many bands have experimented with but never fully embraced. Like their American contemporaries Deafheaven, Allochira's explorations into the applications of tone have resulted in an album independent of classification. (Independent)