Process Of Guilt - Black Earth album review

Sludge-laden soul-destruction from the unsunny side of Portugal

Cover art for Process Of Guilt - Black Earth album

Why you can trust Louder Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Process Of Guilt have the rare ability to cast aside everything that was ever good and nice about the world in a matter of seconds. Five years after Fæmin the four-piece prove they haven’t lost their knack, and as soon as the first feedback-laden moments of album opener (No) Shelter hit you, you’re surrounded by a viscous black mass that almost physically drags you to the ground. The Portuguese band’s fourth full-length unleashes a mammoth-like beast of repetitive rhythms, droning riffs and feral roars, pounding phrases like ‘Your body’s a cage’ and ‘Your will is not enough’ into your consciousness. Reducing their sound to the essence of sludge and post-metal, their silences are just as intense and potent as their ferociousness. No, there’s nothing good or nice about this music – but that’s what makes it great.