Nickals Rudolfsson may just be the busiest man in underground metal. Not because of his diverse roster of bands (his CV includes Necrocurse, The Funeral Orchestra, Rapid Terror and others) but because over the past two years and since the formation of his trio HEAVYDEATH, this doom death dweller has managed to record and release no less than 7 demos, one Ep and a full-length. Now, hot on the heels of Eternal Sleepwalker, HEAVYDEATH is back with another full-length titled Dark Phoenix Rising.
Comprised of five tracks and adding up to close to 40 minutes of low end music, Dark Phoenix Rising (with Jonah Backman completing this recording’s line up) once again displays the incisive signature sound of previous recordings; assertive and entrancing mid-tempos are shaped by a paused but punishing rhythmic foundation, while at times menacing and at others morose and clerical vocals hover over opaque and tenebrous guitars. If it wasn’t clear before, it is more than clear now, HEAVYDEATH have come to master their diosyncratic take on doom death metal.
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019