Tomb Mold has gotten attention for sounding like they play in a deep dark cavern and that is no different on Planetary Clairvoyance. Their muddied guitars coupled with their unrelenting guttural vocals help the listener make no mistake when trying to figure out what sub-genre of music they are listening to; this is death metal. Our favorite men from the north have added a bit of technical flair to their attack as well, plodding riffs might be their meat and potatoes but tracks like "Beg For Life" and "Infinite Resurrection" vary this up with some space age chord progressions. Vocalist/Drummer Max Klebanoff provides as much power behind the battery as he does on the mic and being able to do both is a rare feat; one that he excels at and takes to maybe the greatest heights in the genre since Autopsy's Chris Reifert.
Founding guitarist Derrick Vella is the man responsible for a considerable amount of the riffs the band employs, of particular note in the past was "Abysswalker" which is demonic ear candy. This time around he balances that out with tracks like "Cerulean Salvation" which appears simple on the surface but each repeated listen pulls back the curtain just that much more. The drum, guitar interplay adds additional fun to the chaos and showcases the foursome's ability to craft songs much like their progenitors. Songs like this remind me that Tomb Mold sound like Canada's long lost response to Bolt Thrower; that is not a comparison I would throw around lightly.
With an uptick in flash and flourish, Tomb Mold are maybe able to pull in fans they might have missed with Manor of Infinite Forms, but this is not a divisive album at all, fans of old will be familiar with this particular mold. In this recent death metal explosion I cannot think of a greater first three album run since Horrendous did it earlier this decade and over a larger expanse of time. Tomb Mold are here to stay, if that wasn't obvious in 2018 maybe you can put that in your collective 2019 pipes and smoke it. These are the current and undisputed kings of the genre bar none, Planetary Clairvoyance is a must listen.
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