PNEUMA HAGION "Voidgazer / Rituals Of Extinction" CD (Memento Mori 2021)
The astounding debut full-length by this U.S. darkened Death/Doom Metal juggernaut, including the "Rituals of Extinction" EP (2017) as bonus. Like the earlier recordings of this Texan based act, "Voidgazer" presents a starkly monolithic variety of Death Metal that reflects the emptiness personified in the title. The sound itself evokes the same stifling oppressiveness of Incantation and Immolation, as it alternates between fast tempos and bludgeoning doom passages, firmly aligning itself with one of the most revered schools of U.S. Death Metal. Perhaps most impressively, all instruments and vocals are performed by the lone member of Pneuma Hagion, unassumingly known as R., whose gnostic reflections pervade the lyrics that are animated by his own tortured voice. The sum of these 12 songs is certain to endear "Voidgazer / Rituals of Extinction" to any dedicated adherent to the worship of the bleakness of human existence, and massive, brooding and ominous Death/Doom Metal with a Lovecraftian atmosphere.