DE·TA·US·TO·AS - The Immaculate Triumvirate
DE·TA·US·TO·AS is a Catalonian death industrial and ritual ambient outfit that began their career in May, 2016 with the release of their independent digital EP "P l u n g i n g f o u r k n i v e s". It did not take long for Barcelona based record label Bestiarie to catch onto their darker themes and images which led to the project releasing their next album "The Inverted Halls" on said record label. DE·TA·US·TO·AS took the occult themes to a different level, inking the first pressing of the cassette with real blood. Both the first pressing and the second, mirrored edition are now completely sold out.
However, coming into 2018, DE·TA·US·TO·AS is unleashing a brand new beast upon the world in the form of "The Immaculate Triumvirate". This album follows DE·TA·US·TO·AS' self-described Four Knives Path: zealotry, scourging, liturgies, and repentence, all of which lead to purging oneself and the crawl to a state of ascension. Ancestral prayers, grimy death industrial, and brooding vocals mesh into one hell of a mix.
I will admit to myself that throughout my journey on "The Immaculate Triumvirate" I felt as if there was a deep connection to cave like systems. Every ounce of noise found within the EP led me on a visual journey through a dark, dank cavern. Within this place, the further I journeyed the more obscure and disturbing it became. This started off with 'As Above So Below' whereas I was hit with slow paced, menacing growling. Paired with the ricocheting ambiance within the song, I found myself in a Lovecraftian nightmare where something was waiting to pounce in the dark.
'The Infliction Apex' starting off with a very unsettling static and a quiet beat. Ringing ambiance soon made its way into my head as more rumbling vocals made for an unholy scene. 'Zealots' furthered my venture and brought about further odd bits of noise, the echoes of dripping water, and bangs against stone walls that reverberated throughout the song's course. The final song on the album 'Sanctuary Serenity Scourge' found itself blasting out blips of synth nightmares as if there was a monster trying to speak out. This final song brought in the ritual aspect of DE·TA·US·TO·AS as tribal drums joined the fray. Lo-fi noise was on full display and DE·TA·US·TO·AS' vocals become all the more sadistic with this new pairing.
DE·TA·US·TO·AS' also comes in a beautiful package. I was able to get my hands on the 12" Vinyl. Housed withing a plastic sleeve that contains DE·TA·US·TO·AS' logo in white, front and center, is the blown up cover art: a couple of bodies piled up near some rocks. While not for the faint of heart, these corpses perfectly capture the essence of DE·TA·US·TO·AS. On the back side of the sleeve is the track listing with the EP's catch phrase: One is for infliction, two is for inversion, three is immaculate. The quote is as cryptic as the duo themselves, as is the symbol that decorates the back of it. The 12" vinyl is ultra clear and will make for a nice spot in anyone's collection as well, avoiding the standard black and giving something a little more.
From the music to the aesthetic to the physical product itself, DE·TA·US·TO·AS has got their formula nailed down. While death industrial is a niche genre, anyone with a heart for experimental music should find DE·TA·US·TO·AS' latest EP to be a dream-like nightmare. It is dark, evocative, and spiritually inclined - all of which DE·TA·US·TO·AS was aiming for.
May 12 2018
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I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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