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De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne)


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De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne)

"Priestess of a timeless cup, the taker has looked through old eyes/To see why of religion's course, my brother's path goes so wide." Jesus Christ, therein lies the concept – literally. Unknowable demon twin or no, the Oakland trio's sixth battering ram rebounds from 2010's scattershot Snakes for the Divine, blowtorching the veneer off previous summit Death Is This Communion in a shitstorm of scabrous distortion. Bombardier attack atop a Lemmy croak ("Spiritual Rites") and psych-doom ("Madness of an Architect") – no problem, but Matt Pike's elegant lead on "Samsara" thins out the thickening sludge at the climax. ***.5

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