Review: Reido – Anātman

Posted: December 18, 2019 in Reviews
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Reido - Anātman

Funeral doom from Belarus sounds like something ripe for this cold, bleak time of year and Reido’s ‘Anatman’ is the third record from this band over thirteen years, and thier first in eight. Not prolific, but when you have this type of statement to make, you don’t need to do it quickly. It is out now through Aesthetic Death.

The creepy soundscapes of ‘Deathwave’ build slowly into the ancient crush of ‘The Serpent’s Mission’, a sprawling slow motion dredge of the earth’s darkest and most miserable locales. Churning guitar rumbles under imperious growls, while the moments of tranquility are as oppressive as the heavier parts. ‘Dirt Fills My Mouth’ is like Electric Wizard with all the hazy drugs stripped away; clean, clear and with singular intent. Staggering centrepiece ‘Liminal’ stretches into unfathomable distance, a dry cracked wasteland inhabited by the guttural howl of the wind and the crash of the riff that really feels like a Tom G Warrior guitar tone. After the industrial hum of the title track, ‘Vast Emptiness, No Holiness’ brings us crashing to a earth shuddering end.

‘Anatman’ is a vast dirge of a record, naked and barren of feeling. Yet the simplicity of the riff is the greatest strength Reido possess. With guitarwork hewn from granite, this behemoth looms unbidden from the darkness laying waste to those before it. The riffs are massive, the tension palpable at points and the melancholic melodies enhancing the brutality. Awesome.

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