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SOLIPSISM - Cruelty & Necrospection (12" LP)

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Solipsism's first full-length release following a debut demo, entitled 'Whispering To The Strange' (released on cassette format by Atrocity Altar in early 2020), and a split release with Kudlaakh on cassette format (co-released by Atrocity Altar and Perverse Homage in late 2020). CD edition by Hells Headbangers.

Although brand-new in name, since the beginning of 2020, SOLIPSISM have quickly created a considerable canon for themselves. Which is perhaps not surprising given that the band is a cross-continental work between Australian vocalist/guitarist The Seer and Bosnian drummer Iblis; between them, they number a vast span of recordings, most prominently with The Seer's LAMENT IN WINTER'S NIGHT and Iblis' connection to the esteemed Black Plague Circle through Cave Ritual.

However, as SOLIPSISM, they create righteously raw black metal in a manner most melancholic and medieval. Smeared and bleary, the band's Cruelty & Necrospection debut album is almost too accurately titled: wave after wave of agonized yet alluringly melodic nastiness hits the listener with no remorse and no escape. SOLIPSISM succeed because they inherently understand black metal being BLACK METAL; boundaries are respected, the essence remains forthright, and new hymns are conjured from the past. As such, references can be made to the French Black Legions, vampyric pioneers Black Funeral, and the paradigmatic Drowning the Light, but on evidence of Cruelty & Necrospection, SOLIPSISM are poignantly contributing to this proud lineage rather than merely (r)aping it.

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