Inverloch: Distance | Collapsed

Australian doom/death pioneers reach a new state of delirium

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Four years have elapsed since this Australian doom/death quintet released their debut EP, Dusk | Subside.

The only downside of that stellar release was its 22-minute runtime. This long-awaited full-length is barely 40 minutes long itself, but it’s a deeply compelling experience, packed with memorable twists and turns, like the blissful, heroic lead arpeggio between the blastbeats of rugged opener Distance Collapsed (In Rubble), and eerie threads of guitar ominously resounding like the tolling bell of an underwater church.

Guitarist Matthew Skarajew and drummer Paul Mazziotta were pioneering this sort of ultra-heavy, leftfield disorientation 25 years ago with Disembowelment, so when Distance | Collapsed lurches from haunting passages of offbeat melancholy, via hazy stretches of nightmare ambience, through furious blasts of dank-stinking caveman death metal, it’s with a quarter-century of compositional expertise and ingenuity, elevating them head and shoulders above the scene they helped create.

Chris Chantler

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.