Black Mass – Feast at the Forbidden Tree (2021)

Most extreme metal bands would be happier just reverting to speed metal, since that lets them mix in Cirith Ungol or Atheist riffs without breaking the integrity and continuity of the work, and Black Mass acknowledge this by unabashedly crafting speed metal that borrows freely from other subgenres and genres by translating those ideas into speed metal orthodoxy.

With more in common with recent Darkthrone releases than death metal or what most of the retro-drugged speed metal out there has been doing lately, this band aims for simple two step songs: first it wants to create a loop with its own kind of anti-groove that propels it forward, and then it wants to bring it to a certain point.

Black Mass succeeds in using dynamic contrast and textural variation toward this end, since these riffs are not only classic heavy metal, death metal, speed metal, progressive, and rock tropes, but they have been bent and molded into the unique language of this genre. It results in a satisfying listen that aims to do a top-notch job of the dead-middle, instead of a dead-middle job of the avantgarde or nostalgic.

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3 thoughts on “Black Mass – Feast at the Forbidden Tree (2021)”

  1. Sounds like Nailbomb.

  2. FARTCULEZE says:

    Wow, that’s cornier than the taco platter Evan Williams induced shit I sprayed my shower floor with this morning.

    The ‘bloodfree’ album cover is a gay er uh dead giveaway as to the generic pirated excessive midrange shit inside.

    Yeaaaaaahhhhhhhh hhahahahuh.
    …….. so damn GAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!

    1. Our Father who art in anal,
      hallowed be thy dong.
      Thy semen come.
      Thy thrust be done
      on my ass which feels like heaven.
      Give us this day our daily rape,
      and forgive us our flatulence,
      as we forgive those who hold out on us,
      and lead us not into celibacy,
      but deliver us from heterosexuality.
      For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the sodom,
      forever and ever. Anus.

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