Born from the ashes of cult Swedish post-hardcore band Breach, since 2009 the enigmatic entity that is Terra Tenebrosa have created masterfully imposing concoctions of sulphurous, tormented black metal and demonic hardcore and their Dante-esque new offering is no exception. The Reverses is mind-crushing: artistically uncompromising, bone-shatteringly intense and devilishly heavy - a contorted monument to sinister devastation.
The atmosphere distilled on this suffocating record is ignominious and truly eschatological. Layered malicious sounds lurk beneath a frenetic flow of creepy riffing; the perpetual echoes of nebulous voices are enmeshed within walls of guitar noise atop imposing drums furiously hammering home a destructive rhythmic march. As if that were not frightening enough, guesting leading names of the extreme scene - Jonas A Holmberg (This Gift Is A Curse), Alex Stjernfeldt (The Moth Gatherer), MkM (Antaeus, Aosoth) and Vindsval (Blut Aus Nord) - provide a ghastly final touch.
After The Tunnels (2011) and The Purging (2013) - two incredible, unreal albums internationally acclaimed for their amazingly strange singularity - Terra Tenebrosa have pushed the boundaries of their thrilling approach to offer up a masterpiece, their finest work to date. The Reverses is a gloriously obscure compendium of chaotic styles, dark soundscapes and frantic elements, raised aloft to the Apocalypse. The definitive soundtrack to a dying world.