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Review: The Foetal Mind - The Grand Contraction
The Foetal Mind
The Grand Contraction

Label: Hypnotic Dirge Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 59:02
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 31, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Grand Contraction

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

I was pretty sure, looking at this disc, that it was going to suck balls, as the art design made it look like some kind of noisecore/screamo garbage, the only ray of hope being the cool spiky and completely unreadable logo. Then I read this is billed as "Black Doom" which I am also suspicious of, as too often that is just another word for 'depressive/suicidal' BM, which is becoming ubiquitous and lame.

But no, this is actually kind of awesome, though it does take a while to get going. You have to sit through the dull intro track and then the rather standard "Big Crunch" before "Silence" kicks in and it becomes fucking kickass, with big sweeping riffs and some balls-out melodic lead work. It continues through the rest of the album, and while the compositions themselves are pretty loose and don't really go anywhere, the riffs and guitars in general are pretty fucking cool. There is too much post-metal feel to this in the latter half, and this makes me pull back a bit from really liking it, but when they lay off the doodling and rip, they rip mightily. Much better than I expected.

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