Genre: drone metal, black metal
July 11 2008
From the droney black metal camp comes Robe., a dark band
that takes cues from Boris, sunn o))), et al. but has a
distinct sound of its own. Flesh is a thirty minute trip to
Hell and back, shaking through many phases
and transitions on its way. At times droning and abstract ("Curdled,"
"Powers"), at times more structured ("Blood," vaguely jazzy "Soundshapes")
and even song-like ("The Demon," angry "Genital Genesis"), Flesh
is consistently morbid and unsettling - the sort of thing that turns
nightmares into full-fledged terror. By the time the droney and only
subtly recognizable cover of The Yardbirds' "For Your Love"
harkens the album's last track, you'll feel as if you've spent the
past twenty-five minutes descending into the earth's molten core.
[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by