Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, May 19, 2014


Super down tuned stoner doom from Geneva. Well then, that's a good start. Intercostal are the sort of crushing group who place a heavy emphasis on the bottom end and then go from there. Their music is so good that it barely even struck me that this is an almost entirely instrumental act (Occasional vocal samples and screamed passages are brought in). Instead, Intercostal have created something interesting, worth a few listens, not just for novelty value but also the way in which the band proves themselves as gifted musicians, capable of taking on the world and birthing majestic sounds that one might have thought could never work out.

See, Intercostal have that magical ability of stoner bands to hold together, not by a fixed meter but sheer empathy. This gives tracks like Sea's Calling an impressive forward drive and definitely keeps things exciting and interesting. The drum work on this record is especially notable, it is filled with all sorts of fascinating fills, adding a powerful new layer to the music. Meanwhile the guitar riffs are extremely crunchy and occasionally approach Floor-like levels of raw heaviness. The solos come across as melodic and tasty, providing a blessed respite from riffs that slowly grind your bones into powder. As a whole, I think the most impressive aspect of Intercostal is the songwriting, it digs into the soul and really gets you going.

In conclusion, anyone who likes the sort of progressive stoner darkness that grooves will dig Intercostal. They have a great understanding of what they are trying to do and moreover how to do it. As you find yourself falling into the secular haze of Intercostal's music its hard to feel emotion, this record simply sucks you up and drags you down, a complete sensory experience that has to be heard to believe. Intercostal are breaking the rules and laying down new ones, paying little heed to the consequences, let down your guard and enter the strange ritual that is this record.

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