Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Casas - S/T

Casas have just dropped one of the most intense and utterly fascinating records that Brooklyn has spat out in the last few years. This is an album that terrifies, it batters the listener and it pushes us into weird new sonic landscapes. It's a record that taps into the promise of Swans and also the years of magic from New York City's lauded experimental scene. As punishing as this record is, if you're someone who likes to take a walk on the wild side and experience a more fucked up reality, then I guarantee that you will fall in love. 

The punishing sonic assault of these tracks reminds us of why Casas managed to climb to the top of the grime heap in the first place. The visceral misery and endless crust of a song like Malignancy speaks volumes to the bands compositional ability. There is a certain appeal to music that makes your body physically hurt when listened too at high volume and Casas are able to invoke exactly that with this release. It chokes you out and makes it nigh on impossible for you to accept the bitter and broken realities painted within Within this darkness though there is something strangely comforting that you keep wanting to come back to.

Few bands properly fuse harsh electronics and doom metal. Not only do Casas execute with aplomb they do it with a unique lineup and a sense of torment that none of their peers can match. It's easy to get lost in this record, the twisted realities unfold before your eyes and push you into darker regions than you thought previously possible. Casas is a masterpiece and one I'm desperately curious to continue unpacking. Almost over the top in its sonic ugliness I can't help but listen in on these aural blasphemies again and again.

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