Album Reviews: Low Estate ‘Covert Cult of Death’

10/19/2017

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

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Genre: Black-metal, hardcore
Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: The Flesner
Purchase: MP3 CD / Vinyl 

Following their 2015 debut EP, Blood Horizon, heavy supergroup, Low Estate, return with another round of savage yet off-beat tracks. The group is a collective of Brooklyn and Austin musicians; featuring Brendan Tobin (Red Sparowes) on bass, Geoff Garlock (Orchid) on guitar, Jimmy Hubbard (The Year is One) on vocals, and Christopher Todd (Sannhet) on drums. Their debut album, Covert Cult of Death, encompasses brutal landscape drawing from 90s hardcore, black-metal, and experimental metal. Inspired by Swiss-German author/psychologist Arno Gruen’s book, The Insanity of Normality, Low Estate base the album’s theme around the concept of self-hatred as the cause of evil.

The brooding and sinister soundscape Covert Cult of Death basks in fierce and abrasive guitars, off-kilter drums, menacing bass-lines, and blood curdling vocals. Low Estate waste no time jumping in head first on the album’s opener, “The Rope,” with a flurry of violent guitar riffs and piercing drums accelerating between rapid-fire insanity and wavy interludes. The synth undertones of “Comfort In Futility” and “Circle of Error” compliment the band’s dark musical architecture with an atmospheric and menacing backdrop.

On the hardcore-driven “Masked Illusion,” Integrity’s Dwid Hellion unleashes an assault of vocal brutality, a contribution that fell into place by chance. Hubbard had previously worked with Dwid on other projects, but during the production of “Masked Illusion,” Low estate were pleased by the offer to fill in the intervals. But the group’s collaborative can also be heard on the barreling “Day of Days” with of Publicist UK’s Zachary Lipez offering up moments of melancholic vocals. Covert Cult of Death ends with the chugging firecracker “Shame” where Primitive Weapon’s David Castillo screeches with intensity.

Low Estate don’t confine themselves to systematic metal/hardcore template of blast-beats and breakdowns. Their songwriting is far less predictable and loosely based around various genres of heavy music. The group pulls from a slew of influences that listener’s may pinpoint with an attentive ear. But Covert Cult of Death comprise of 9 fresh tracks, the catalyst for well textured experimentation.

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10/19/2017

by Dillon Price

Rating

Genre: Black-metal, hardcore
Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: The Flesner
Purchase: MP3 CD / Vinyl 

Following their 2015 debut EP, Blood Horizon, heavy supergroup, Low Estate, return with another round of savage yet off-beat tracks. The group is a collective of Brooklyn and Austin musicians; featuring Brendan Tobin (Red Sparowes) on bass, Geoff Garlock (Orchid) on guitar, Jimmy Hubbard (The Year is One) on vocals, and Christopher Todd (Sannhet) on drums. Their debut album, Covert Cult of Death, encompasses brutal landscape drawing from 90s hardcore, black-metal, and experimental metal. Inspired by Swiss-German author/psychologist Arno Gruen’s book, The Insanity of Normality, Low Estate base the album’s theme around the concept of self-hatred as the cause of evil.

The brooding and sinister soundscape Covert Cult of Death basks in fierce and abrasive guitars, off-kilter drums, menacing bass-lines, and blood curdling vocals. Low Estate waste no time jumping in head first on the album’s opener, “The Rope,” with a flurry of violent guitar riffs and piercing drums accelerating between rapid-fire insanity and wavy interludes. The synth undertones of “Comfort In Futility” and “Circle of Error” compliment the band’s dark musical architecture with an atmospheric and menacing backdrop.

On the hardcore-driven “Masked Illusion,” Integrity’s Dwid Hellion unleashes an assault of vocal brutality, a contribution that fell into place by chance. Hubbard had previously worked with Dwid on other projects, but during the production of “Masked Illusion,” Low estate were pleased by the offer to fill in the intervals. But the group’s collaborative can also be heard on the barreling “Day of Days” with of Publicist UK’s Zachary Lipez offering up moments of melancholic vocals. Covert Cult of Death ends with the chugging firecracker “Shame” where Primitive Weapon’s David Castillo screeches with intensity.

Low Estate don’t confine themselves to systematic metal/hardcore template of blast-beats and breakdowns. Their songwriting is far less predictable and loosely based around various genres of heavy music. The group pulls from a slew of influences that listener’s may pinpoint with an attentive ear. But Covert Cult of Death comprise of 9 fresh tracks, the catalyst for well textured experimentation.