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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

John Frum - A Stirring In The Noos

John Frum is, for the uninitiated, something of a supergroup. They feature members of bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, John Zorn, and of course, The Faceless. There is something utterly magical about their debut offering A Stirring In The Noos. This is a supergroup that truly makes sense, while it is perhaps not quite as experimental as I would like given the personnel, there is something utterly captivating about John Frum's unique brand of death metal with its devastating forward crush and the face melting magic encapsulated from start to finish.

I think it's hard to deny the sheer quality of the songwriting and production here. There are elements of chaos and entrancing arpeggiated passages capturing the imagination of the listener even from the first track. This is a record that plays on the sheer oppression and technicality of modern death metal but also pushes the boundaries with atonal riffs and wide open sounds that beg the listener to delve deeper and broaden their boundaries. A Stirring In The Noos is an album that demands a lot from the listener but provides a sense of absolution in return. It's hard to fully separate yourself from everything being done here, but I know that I can't help but to love the killer tone and devastating growls. It's all you could want from a death metal record.

The way that John Frum is able to balance out so many elements, from brutal riffs to flashy solos alongside experimental moments and some of the best metal vocals I've heard all year is downright gnarly. A Stirring In The Noos promises to be the prelude to a lot more exciting stuff to come down the road. John Frum punishes your eardrums but also reminds you again and again how diverse and powerful this music can be. If you're a fan of extreme metal you are going to find a lot to dig in with A Stirring In The Noos.

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