This Viper Womb
- Year 2016
- Genre Dissident Metal
- Country Australia
- Label Aesthetic Death
- Rating Excellent
When I first chanced upon the promo of ThrOes, my immediate reaction was “Here we go again. Yet another band that thinks they need a new genre tag to define their sound. What a travesty!”. Now, after listening to the ‘This Viper Womb’ repeatedly over the course of the past three weeks, the term dissident metal makes more sense. The mastermind behind the band who goes by the name Black Falconer, seems disillusioned with the state of the metal scene. ThrOes is his attempt to make a challenging record that does not fit into the existing genre templates. As someone who sneers upon the mainstream metal crowd, I can totally empathize with this view point. The music itself draws inspiration from various different styles including, but not limited to, black metal, death metal, doom metal, drone and a bit of industrial.
While elements of the music can be linked to certain sub genres, the overall sound of the album is quite distinct. There is an equal representation of all styles and each track brings something unique to the table. Shock to the Guts provides the album with a powerful start with it’s groove oriented rhythm and chaotic atonal lead guitar work. The music phases in and out of different styles and the transitions are absolutely seamless. The vocals sound anguished and acidic, while the rhythm section carries a strong sense of groove. ThrOes exhibit a habit of settling into hypnotic sections, courtesy of the droning guitar work and dissonant leads that almost have a psychedelic edge.
There is a mystic atmosphere that surrounds the music, while not being overtly claustrophobic. Rather, it is easy to get lost in the atmosphere created by dissonant riffs that ring out. ThrOes opt for a measured approach on tracks like Conscience Makes Cowards and Nothing Left for the Vultures, with droning riffs making it impossible not to be mesmerized. This contrasts with the vicious side of the band as heard on Nowhere Else and Lavish the Anguish, where the riffs are vicious and the blast beats pummel on. This duality makes for an interesting ride, ensuring that there no dull moment on the record.
Perhaps the most alluring aspect of ‘This Viper Womb’ is the way the music flows. Despite the fact that ThrOes move through various different styles in the course of a single track, there is a cohesive narrative in the music and the transitions are seldom chaotic. The amalgamation of styles to create something genuinely fresh speaks bounds about the song writing capabilities of the members involved. It is sure to confuse those that approach this record expecting to hear something familiar.
In hindsight, it makes sense why the album begins with words from Terrence Mckenna. Just like his stand against culture and religion that limits one’s freedom, ‘This Viper Womb’ is a statement against the culture prevalent in today’s metal scene. ThrOes issue a big ‘Fuck You!’ to established ideas and doing so they’ve created one of the most interesting and fresh albums of the year.