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Sightless Pit - Grave Of A Dog review




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Band: Sightless Pit
Album: Grave Of A Dog
Release date: February 2020


01. Kingscorpse
02. Immersion Dispersal
03. The Ocean Of Mercy
04. Violent Rain
05. Drunk On Marrow
06. Miles Of Chain
07. Whom The Devil Long Sought To Strangle
08. Love Is Dead, All Love Is Dead


There's been a lot of camaraderie established between Full Of Hell, The Body, and Lingua Ignota over the past several years. It was only inevitable that their members would eventually form a new band together.

Sightless Pit features The Body drummer Lee Bufford, Full Of Hell vocalist Dylan Walker, and Kristin Hayter, AKA Lingua Ignota. The sound on this Grave Of A Dog debut is fortunately pretty new, and it isn't overly similar to any prior material from either of the three bands of the parties involved. More than anything it seems like a fusion of the sounds of The Body and Lingua Ingota, the dense, synth-heavy darkness of the former mixed with the epic, almost operatic approach of the latter There's little to none of the Full Of Hell grindcore ferocity here, and it would be somewhat inaccurate to call Grave Of A Dog an "aggressive" release. On the contrary, the music here is more on the slow, hypnotizing, and ritualistic side of things, grounded predominantly in industrial territory and largely defined by the presence of swirling, otherworldly electronic effects.

Being mostly a droney electronic/industrial record, one might be tempted to think Grave Of A Dog would be a rather monotonous listen, but there's actually a pretty pleasant amount of variation in delivery across its 40 minute run time. Some tracks, especially "Immersion Disposal", are quite catchy, employing a pounding, rhythmic approach. Others, like "Kingscorpse" or "Miles Of Chain" are a lot grittier and lean more toward the harsh noise end of the spectrum. And further still, some are surprisingly melodic, giving in more to the Lingua Ignota presence and featuring more of a neoclassical approach topped off by Kristin's magnificent clean vocals.

The only real complaint I think could be leveled against Grave Of Dog is the fact that, for a band featuring members of Full Of Hell, The Body, and Lingua Ignota, there really isn't much of a Full Of Hell presence here. But in a way it almost feels as though that would have been somewhat out of place, and the album seems to work a lot better as a slow burning hypnotizer than it would as a fast paced, frantic banger. There's a lot of talent and a whole heap of various genre influences between Dylan, Lee, and Kristin, and here they do quite an excellent job giving listeners a taste of it. Impressive as it is, however, Grave Of A Dog somehow feels as though it's only slightly penetrated the surface of what these three are capable of when you put them together, almost as if it's merely a teaser for greater things to come. But if it's a teaser that is already this good, that only raises the hype even higher for where Sightless Pit may go from here.






Written on 04.03.2020 by Comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable since 2013.


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Comments: 5   Visited by: 68 users
04.03.2020 - 23:05
Rating: 9
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
This reminds me a bit of that Obscuring Veil thing, where the lineup was so dreamlike good that the final product could in no way match the hype. I like this much more than Obscuring Veil but the more I forget the hype, the more I enjoy it.
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04.03.2020 - 23:14
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by RaduP on 04.03.2020 at 23:05

This reminds me a bit of that Obscuring Veil thing, where the lineup was so dreamlike good that the final product could in no way match the hype. I like this much more than Obscuring Veil but the more I forget the hype, the more I enjoy it.

I definitely prefer this to Obscuring Veil, that album was kind of a let down. This one I think mostly lives up to the hype although like I said at the end here, I also feel like this only shows a fraction of what Lee, Kristin, and Dylan are capable of together. They went like 60% power here, maybe 70. I'm curious to see what happens when they go 100.
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04.03.2020 - 23:21
Rating: 9
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Apothecary on 04.03.2020 at 23:14

I also feel like this only shows a fraction of what Lee, Kristin, and Dylan are capable of together. They went like 60% power here, maybe 70. I'm curious to see what happens when they go 100.

I don't believe we are quite ready for that.
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05.03.2020 - 08:33
Cynic Metalhead
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05.03.2020 - 14:48
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 05.03.2020 at 08:33



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