Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Author & Punisher - Beastland

It's been really exciting listening to Author & Punisher evolve over the past few years. There have been a lot of interesting and exotic musical twists that have defined his career and which make Beastland his most defined work to date. The industrial doom of Author & Punisher has received high praise from institutions far loftier than this one, but I gotta hand it to the guy, he deserves it. The mesmerizing power of Beastland borders on the intimidating and hints at a band who can achieve bold new levels.

What gets me the most about this particular record though is that it feels like Author & Punisher is pushing towards a new set of influences. While this record certainly feels like previous efforts in the catalogue, this is perhaps the sludgiest and darkest offering yet. Rather than focusing on the sheer industrial power of the machines harnessed by this visionary one man band, instead we are drowning in the raw volume and an overwhelming sense of control. There is a precision here , an almost workmanlike assault that leaves you with an overarching sense of dread that despite all hope, this could be the end of all things.

Beastland is another step up for this mechanical engineer cum visionary. IT's wholly different from its peers and it seems to unleash pure aural devastation time after time after time. It's hard not to fall in love and be enamored with the breadth of the sound here but things have gotten out of hand. This is a record that can't help but to intimidate and one that is going to leave us choking on the bitter pill of noisy doom metal desolation. Weird, over the top and endlessly exciting, Author & Punisher might very well be the future.

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