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ARTIST
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Thrinodia
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LP

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VEN 155LP VEN 155LP
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RELEASE DATE
9/21/2018

Haunter's debut album, Thrinodia, delivers forty-six and a half minutes of aggressive, filth-encrusted black/death metal, heavy on gritty, grating nihilism and grim, somber melody, without mercy or compromise. The vocals of Bradley Tiffin are unflinchingly bestial throughout, and are frequently employed more as simply another instrument in the collective cacophony, rather than as something separate in their own right, rising from a rumbling, blast-furnace roar to a chalkboard-scraping shriek, sometimes reaching a level of apoplectic fury (see the barnburning "Vial" for proof) which renders them nearly indecipherable. "Thus My Undertaking, to Reject Stagnation, and to Liberate Fervency" may have a knowingly pretentious title, but it just so happens to be one of the album's best songs, transitioning from its haunting, minimalist intro into a raging torrent of scorched-earth guitar work and lithe, limber bass lines, before running through a violent sequence of of straining, strangling tremolo runs, chaotic blast-work, and dreary, disconsolate melodic interludes, with barely a pause for breath.