Noisey is now streaming the entire crushing Death Velour LP by Finnish death metal ghouls, GHASTLY, as the album nears release through 20 Buck Spin next week.
The nightmarish hallucinatory sound GHASTLY invokes on Death Velour conjures the horror of rotting in incomprehensible obscurity, passing into oblivion guided by a many-colored specter of strange origin across the Styx. An air of psych-induced weirdness and shrieking dread permeates the decomposed palette throughout the album’s cryptic duration.
The band offers of their new works, “Death Velour is a journey to the forgotten dimensions of the mind. Evoking the spirits of the dead in a hallucinating way that either freaks you out. or takes you on a ride you don’t want to leave. It shrouds the listener into a vortex of death, and after the experience, your words will be, ‘And to think… I hesitated’.”
Death Velour, according to Noisey, “feels like Trey Azagthoth and the ghost of Chuck Schuldiner hopped into a wormhole and brought along a few Oranssi Pazuzu albums and a bag of shrooms for company,” and the members of GHASTLY, “have no problem paying their respects to their country’s old gods as well as its tradition of fucking with genre conventions.”
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Like discovering a forgotten relic of mysterious brilliance from the early Finnish death metal scene, GHASTLY‘s Death Velour is a phantasm of blinding light onto the foreboding darkness of this mortal coil.
While Finland’s GHASTLY may be a new name to many, those who delve deeply enough into the death metal underworld will recall the band’s debut album Carrion Of Time released a few years back on cult death metal tastemaker label Me Saco Un Ojo (Morbus Chron, Undergang, Phrenelith). A few years have passed, and the band now resurfaces with their masterfully-executed second album Death Velour. Boasting seven pulverizing movements in under thirty-eight minutes, Death Velour was mastered by Damian Herring of Horrendous at Subterranean Watchtower, and features art and design by Riikka Pesonen which is intended to summon the early style of Scandinavian bands and labels of the style. Those loyal to the works of Morbus Chron, Execration, Autopsy, Dismember, Tribulation, Nihilist, Carnage, Soulside Journey-era Darkthrone, and others of similar ilk are advised not to miss Death Velour.