Xasthur - Telepathic With The Deceased review



Reviewer:
8.5

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7.92
Band: Xasthur
Album: Telepathic With The Deceased
Release date: June 2004


01. Entrance Into Nothingness
02. Slaughtered Useless Beings In A Nihilistic Dream
03. Abysmal Depths Are Flooded
04. May Your Void Become As Deep As My Hate!
05. Telepathic With The Deceased
06. A Walk Beyond Utter Blackness
07. Cursed Revelations
08. Drown Into Eternal Twilight
09. Murdered Echoes Of The Mind
10. Exit


WARNING: This is a highly subjective review written by a fangirl and it might get super complicated.

I'm irresistibly attracted to any sound which is capable of creating and conveying the abyss of feelings and melancholic atmosphere. Yeah, I'm a sucker for that, in other words I believe that Xasthur is one of the greatest examples of them. Get ready fans of dark depressive metal (I am not going to apologize for using those words for Xasthur music.)

Here is what we have in this album: A sick journey to an unfathomable abyss and you can comfortably trust Telepathic With The Deceased by Xasthur for such experience. And I think that the only comparable album with this one might be To Violate The Oblivious.

But I am not trying to raise your expectations for this album especially in terms of production, I would steal Marcel's line that said it all in short: "Xasthur is all about texture and ambience." Then do not go around Telepathic With The Deceased for an album of neat musicianship or production.

In fact, it is nastily depressive black metal with an intense dark atmosphere and for grasping the songs you must delve into it without any attempt of dissecting the musical elements, instead I suggest to just flow with its melancholic vibes, with its soothing striding "ambience" in some songs, and it will strike you with them in the end.

I believe that Xasthur has totally a sort of minimal approach, at least in Telepathic With The Deceased. I feel that Xasthur intentionally avoided to use several musical lines and even lengthy lyrics, all you hear is concise and adequate. It begins with a soothing intro which has been named appropriately as "Entrance Into Nothingness", it describes the start of this experience of listening to a band like Xasthur. I think the first-half of the album ends with "Telepathic With The Deceased" which has a very armageddon-ish ending, which is actually a super end.

Then the second half starts with "A Walk Beyond Utter Blackness" which I think it is a turning point. It seems to me that there is a slight change of atmosphere at it: the songs get more slow-paced, ambient and melancholic from this point till the end of album. Even the lyrics become more deeply depressive in the second-half. I cannot tell how perfectly this album ends with the closing song named "Exit".

In the end, I would like to mention "May Your Void Become As Deep As My Hate!" as the most mesmerizing song of this album for me. In general both lyrically and musically the whole album is unique in its own genre. Don't linger on my review, go grab a Xasthur instead!

Written by Angel N. | 19.11.2014


 


Guest review disclaimer:
This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

Staff review by
Azhidahak
Rating:
8.6
The last few years, Xasthur have released album after album without any break and is becoming more and more popular and well liked amongst black metal fans by everyday that passes.

On one side of the spectrum, it's good to see a band is active and is constantly releasing new material, it shows the band's devotion to the music they play and will probably also please their fans, but on other hand, a problem that might occur is that you can run out of ideas. Xasthur is a band that have not fallen into this mud, yet, and each one of their releases still have something interesting to offer, but they still must be very careful to not become a victim of this problem because I can already hear that some of their songs have a very similar structure and sometimes it appears to me that some of their riffs get repeated too often.

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published 01.12.2004 | Comments (3)


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Comments: 7   Visited by: 40 users
21.11.2014 - 21:10
Fradd
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Nice review, I have yet to listen to this band, I think I'll start with this album.
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21.11.2014 - 21:15
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by Guest on 21.11.2014 at 21:10

Nice review, I have yet to listen to this band, I think I'll start with this album.

Hey, thank you wasting your time on my ramblings
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21.11.2014 - 21:17
Fradd
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Written by Angel N. on 21.11.2014 at 21:15

Written by Guest on 21.11.2014 at 21:10

Nice review, I have yet to listen to this band, I think I'll start with this album.

Hey, thank you wasting your time on my ramblings

tl;dr
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21.01.2015 - 16:11
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Masterchief
Written by Guest on 21.11.2014 at 21:10

Nice review, I have yet to listen to this band, I think I'll start with this album.


I always recommend start whit 1th one it will help understand evolution of the band
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24.02.2015 - 23:36
Deathmaster
Great review!
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24.02.2015 - 23:36
Deathmaster
Great review!
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"While I live let me live deep."-Robert Howard
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25.02.2015 - 09:26
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by Deathmaster on 24.02.2015 at 23:36

Great review!

Oh thank you so much for reading it.
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