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Arizmenda - Spiders Lust In The Dungeon’s Dust review



Reviewer:
9.3

30 users:
7.70
Band: Arizmenda
Album: Spiders Lust In The Dungeon’s Dust
Release date: October 2022


01. Porcelain Dolls With Porcelain Souls
02. Points Of Purity Reached Through Pain
03. Scent Of A Blood Soaked Rag
04. Slipping Into A Vampurian Bath Of Existential Loneliness
05. Opening The Veins Of Anxiety’s Archangels
06. Final Thread Of Human Hope Spun By A Demonic Sorrow


Just lay down, close your eyes and fall deep into the vortex of demonic psychedelia.

Arizmenda quickly developed a small yet loyal fanbase in the early 2010s. The project, founded by sole member Juan Cabello, was part of the intriguing Black Twilight Circle. Along with bands like Volahn, Dolorvotre, Shataan and Blue Hummingbird On The Left, this group of musicians all unleashed a vast array of fascinating, and often very unique, black metal for the better part of a decade. Exchanging members and ideas, there was plenty of common ground between the bands, in particular the Mesoamerican themes, as well as the solid DIY attitude.

That being said, Arizmenda stood out by having an identity that separated itself from the rest of the group. The 2009 debut, Within The Vacuum Of Infinity... could very well be considered an underground classic by now and cemented this particular identity. It was a harsh yet incredibly sophisticated album in which improvisations ran amok, along with a strong sense of psychedelia through marvelous guitar leads, which launched the listener into a frenzy that felt both liberating and claustrophobic. Arizmenda was also notorious within the Black Twilight Circle for being particularly prolific by releasing 5 albums in 7 years, as well as appearing on two notorious splits. In a sadly unexpected twist of fate, Arizmenda and the Black Twilight Circle as a whole disappeared from the map, as if they were swallowed by the earth, in the latter half of the 2010s.

But out of nowhere, Arizmenda reappeared after 6 years. An announcement was made mere days before the actual release and I’m honestly still as shocked and stoked as I was a couple of weeks ago. I remember my doubts once I knew about Juan Cabello’s return: Can he still unleash such vivid sonic hallucinations? Can he maintain the success rate from previous releases? Can he build upon his well-defined sound? Cliffhangers are a bitch: YES, YES AND YES.

This is a return to full glory. At 66 minutes, this is Arizmenda’s longest album, but I promise you that all the time is put to good use. This is one busy and deranged album. All the elements I came to know and love about this project seem to have been elevated. The psychedelic leads are a constant in every song: ever changing, ever flowing. The excellent production, the clearest the project has ever had, puts these melodies close to the front for us to fully appreciate. In that regard this does feel like the most complete and professional-sounding album Arizmenda has released. The bass is thick and accompanies the drums to form a very catchy duo that matches the disorienting melodies of the guitar. Juan Cabello’s vocals are as insane as I remembered them. He whispers, moans, cries and shrieks in such a depraved, tormented way that he would make most DSBM bands actually die of jealousy.

It feels meaningless to discuss particular highlights as the songs flow so well into each other. Spiders Lust In The Dungeon's Dust is one hell of a trip that implores to be taken in one single bite. The waves of riffs range from euphoric to lamenting. When the tempo slows down, the music turns into a calming pool of melancholic melodies and warm bass. The tone is rich, captivating and highly hypnotic. This is a strong contender for black metal album of the year, my friends. It is a soothing, warm bath, but with the razor all too near the wrists.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 9
Production: 9





Written on 08.11.2022 by A lazy reviewer but he is so cute you'd forgive him for it.


Comments

Comments: 7   Visited by: 156 users
09.11.2022 - 07:50
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Really thought I'd never hear from these guys again, glad to see that they're still in top form.
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Do you think if the heart keeps on shrinking
One day there will be no heart at all?
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09.11.2022 - 17:15
Desha
delicious dish
I pretty much have nothing to add. I'm so happy he's back and the album is great too! It's a bit odd to hear that sample on the first track, that's something I don't really remember him doing before (at least for actual monologues, not like that song sample on the 4-way split), but it doesn't distract too much.

This is pretty much gonna be my album of the year. Very unlikely to be topped
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You are the hammer, I am the nail
building a house in the fire on the hill
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10.11.2022 - 04:13
Rating: 9
Chobo_jokeR

Glad someone did a review for this. It was criminal that it sat under reviewed for as long as it did.

Fell in love with their stuff earlier in the year. And then was blown away when I saw this was getting released out of no where.

The vinyl is up for sale on certain websites if you’re a US customer. If you’re international you have to send an email to the listed one on the websites.

My album of the year, and it isn’t really even close at this point. Absolutely stellar stuff and a great review too.
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10.11.2022 - 18:46
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Yeah, the more I think about it the more it feels like this is gonna be my favorite album this year.

Written by Chobo_jokeR on 10.11.2022 at 04:13
Glad someone did a review for this. It was criminal that it sat under reviewed for as long as it did.

Long time? It hasn't even been 3 weeks since the release date. I called shots for it as soon as I knew about its existence but I had 2 other reviews in the way.

Quote:
The vinyl is up for sale on certain websites if you’re a US customer. If you’re international you have to send an email to the listed one on the websites.

You can't say stuff like that and then don't leave a goddamn link, man. That is messed up, yo.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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10.11.2022 - 19:39
Rating: 9
Chobo_jokeR

Https://bionicrecordsoc.com/products/arizmenda-spiders-lust-in-the-dungeons-dust-color-vinyl

Is one of the spots

https://www.hoodeddemonrecords.com/product/arizmenda-spiders-dust-in-the-dungeons-dust

Is the other

Sorry! … it also looks like it is sold out. They are doing inventory presently based on the post I saw on Instagram (user kuro_nek0), so there could still be some left?
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02.12.2022 - 23:16
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Chobo_jokeR on 10.11.2022 at 19:39
Sorry! … it also looks like it is sold out. They are doing inventory presently based on the post I saw on Instagram (user kuro_nek0), so there could still be some left?


They did an inventory indeed! Managed to get hold of kuro via Instagram (knew that shit platform will come in handy one day) and ecured a copy!
Expensive a fuck to get it to Sweden though. Fuck it, the album SLAYS!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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02.12.2022 - 23:33
Rating: 9
Chobo_jokeR

Written by X-Ray Rod on 02.12.2022 at 23:16

They did an inventory indeed! Managed to get hold of kuro via Instagram (knew that shit platform will come in handy one day) and ecured a copy!
Expensive a fuck to get it to Sweden though. Fuck it, the album SLAYS!


Beauty!! Glad that all worked out. I think it cost me about $100 CAD between the cost of the record and shipping and the ruthless exchange to get it to Canada lol. Haven’t spun it yet, but I got the white/brown swirl.

I also went out on a limb and bought a copy of stillbirth on the blue/black vinyl. Sounds so good on vinyl. I had to know what it was actually supposed to sound like lol. The digital rips don’t compare.
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