Nivathe - Enveloped In A Diseased Abyss [Universal Tongue/Bubonic Doom - 2008]Hailing from Texas, U.S.A., Nivathe bring us a nasty chunk of putrid black/doom metal. Everything from black on black cover art to joyful titles like "Decay" or "Writhing, Collapsed Flesh" screams depression and horned hand gestures.
"Enveloped In A Diseased Abyss" is the projects first full lenght, and it reminds me a bit of Khanate and a bit of Gallhammer, with its very slow and murky aborted doomy riffs that hang rank in the air and its totally ugly and guttural shrieking vocals.
All the tracks except the gentle (?) "Decay" are obviously very long and I appreciate the fact that for once, the noise/noisy moments are quite well implemented and interesting. Droning feedback, a minimal support from electronics, cranky distortion and just a tiny bit of attention are all that it takes!. The redundant and evil mass of black doom is seldom interrupted by calm yet horrifying and disquieting bits and weird dissonant melodies. My favourite piece of this kind must be the ending of second track "Veins Of Death And Hunger".
While Nivathe certainly don't want to break completely new grounds, they definitely have the will and the strength of doing something more stimulating than usual and the forty-four minutes of the album pass quickly with no wrong or annoying moments.
Unfortunately this is not really my favourite kind of metal material, and it slipped from my mind very quickly after a couple of listens. Recommended to fans of Khanate, Sunn o))) and the likes.Nicola Vinciguerra