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Tenhornedbeast - The Sacred Truth [Cold Spring Records - 2007]

The Sacred Truth is first slice of sonic darkness from this  new project from Christopher Walton one half of the now defunct ocultic dark ambient, neo-classical & ritual percussion  project  Endvra. Thankful this doesn’t try to recapture Endvra's  past glories  instead  this has it’s   own grim identity that summons up a quite an  organic mix of  dark ambience, drone blackness & doomy/ blackened mettlic guitar tone.

Oppression Sacrament stars the album off with musty, deep  clunking dark ambient tones that rather brought to mind more Yen Pox’s at their more active,with  swirls of blacken monk chanting and guitar feedback- it feels like one is carefully entering a vast black
Cathedral lit by blood red light, sinister chants emitting from the  lower levels, as the  floor bellow  your feet  moves like dead black skin.  Next  up is Our lady of the lighting bolt which revolves around slowing dark and deep ambient tones downward descent with guitar tones and dark cinematics drifting here and there as it makes its slow 18 minute fall into pitch blackness.

On track four In the teeth of the wolf the doomy guitar and blackened feedback elements take on a bigger role as they slowly roll like shadows tongues or sinister waves  out of your speakers- painting your listener space with their airless blacken tar  vibes. At about the ten minutes mark fuzzed and ritual percussion moves in like a procession of sinister mourners surrounding you, as it seems to get even more claustrophobic and grim almost having a slowed black metal feel about it all.

A debut that though in places sounds a little samey is  darkly rewarding & shows Walton stepping away from the dark if a little synthetic sound of  Endvra into tenhornedbeast’s uncurling dark & organic nightmare world.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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