Plasmodium - Entheognosis review




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Band: Plasmodium
Album: Entheognosis
Release date: July 2016


01. Limbic Dissasociation
02. Reformoculus
03. Hermaphrodisiac
04. Deuteromitosis


The early months of a new year are an opportunity not only to discover new music from that year, but to go back to the previous year and unearth albums you overlooked as well. Most of what you find are typically average to mediocre releases, but every now and then, through digging, you find a few gems. Gems like Plasmodium.

"Undulating psychedelic darkness." That's how the Australians in Plasmodium describe their sound on their Bandcamp page, and it's a label not to be taken lightly. What we have here on their Entheognosis debut is an imposing, colossal maelstrom of death metal, black metal, and psychedelia. Fans of the more "swirling vortex" brands of any of those three genres will be right at home with this one, as frantic, chaotic riffs surge forth from beyond the event horizon, boosted up by an absolutely delicious, trippy atmosphere of crisp bass, whooshing keyboard effects, and meditative, chant-like vocals. If you're not already in awe by the time you finish the massive opener that is "Limbic Disassociation," you may need to have your ears examined.

Entheognosis is, boiling down to it, a lesson in sonic experimentation, and as such, the music twists and turns through its three primary influences in bold, often unexpected ways. Sometimes you'll be getting lost in Plasmodium's more spacious, relaxing elements, as on "Deuteromitosis," and then BOOM!, that crazy black metal riffage and those nasty blast beats will start creeping up from the shadows, eventually exploding in a violent, albeit highly unusual barrage. For some, this blend of sounds and the transitions from one to the next may feel a bit messy, but part of what makes Plasmodium such a fun listen is that there's a feeling with them that the music is always about to go over the brink but doesn't, a "controlled chaos" type vibe of it threatening to go off the tracks but nonetheless never ceasing to be guided by some powerful, invisible hand.

The highly idiosyncratic nature of Plasmodium's music makes them extremely difficult to compare to their contemporaries. You could probably draw a good connection between them and the Frenchies in Chaos Echs, but even this isn't entirely fair, as something about the music on Entheognosis truly does have a distinct tinge all its own. It seriously must be stressed that this album is a real epitome of the "fuck the rules" principle, one that charges into the unknown headfirst and simply refuses to look back from there. Those who enjoy extreme metal that pushes the envelope simply must give this a listen, as Plasmodium don't just push it, they tear right through it and laugh as it burns.

Sounds enticing? You know where to go.


 



Written on 14.02.2017 by Comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable since 2013.


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14.02.2017 - 04:57
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Spot on review. I definitely get Chaos Echs and Imperial Triumphant vibes from this album, but it has such a unique edge to differentiate itself from even those bands that it is hard to come up with any aptly comparable acts. Definitely one of your best obscure finds in recent years man
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14.02.2017 - 05:07
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Alex F on 14.02.2017 at 04:57

Spot on review. I definitely get Chaos Ech�s and Imperial Triumphant vibes from this album, but it has such a unique edge to differentiate itself from even those bands that it is hard to come up with any aptly comparable acts. Definitely one of your best obscure finds in recent years man

Yeah man it's solid as fuck. DEFINITELY keeping an eye out for what comes next from these guys. And since this album has such a huge variety in sound, it's fun to speculate on what that could even be. The next one could be totally different for all we know, honestly
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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14.02.2017 - 11:59
LuciferOfGayness
Happy fucker
I like it when bands that are unknown gets reviewed, and it sounds like very good stuff- nice find!
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