Label: 20 Buck Spin
I think by this stage, it’s safe to say that we’re living through a golden age of underground death metal. Consideration the quality of bands like Blood Incantation, Spectral Voice, Chthe’ilist, Ritual Necromancy, Of Feather and Bone, Necrot, Undergang, Our Place of Worship is Silence – and so many others! Any such list should surely also include Tomb Mold, as their latest album, Manor of Indefinite Forms, is another highlight for death metal in an era that is stuffed full of them. Dirty, dark, and irresistibly heavy, full of incredible riffs, this is something special.
Whilst much of the underground in recent years has been reveling in Incantation worship – especially in terms of atmospherics being more dominant than actual riffs and melodies – Manor of Infinite Forms bucks that trend. Sure, there’s plenty that’s cavernous about this album, and at least part of Tomb Mold’s DNA is linked to Incantation; but the emphasis is very much on actual riffs and distinct movements. It helps that the atmospheres are also present and correct, making this very much the whole package in terms of death metal. It’s one of the finest death metal releases of the year thus far, and I genuinely cannot see anyone who likes death metal not enjoying this album thoroughly.