Plague Of Carcosa – Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains (EP) – This Filthy Lovecraftian Doom will have Cthulhu himself banging his head and smiling! As a real-life Cthulhu Cultist, Plague of Carcosa‘s new E.P Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains, had me drooling and uttering R’Lyehan chants before I had even heard the music!
Plague of Carcosa is a two-piece from Chicago. This is filthy, down-tuned, and simple instrumental blackened doom. Don’t let that word ‘simple’ turn you away. The two tracks on this EP have more than enough content to keep your attention fixed. Which is no bad thing, as both of these tracks are of suitably monolithic lengths.
Crawling Chaos crawls over the threshold at 8:19 minutes. Opening with sledgehammer power chords that sound like the footsteps of Cthulhu himself. And then, there is the feedback. Lots and lots of sludgy feedback, that conjures up images of algae coated undersea cities, and nameless, vile creatures of the deep. Its steady pace and pleasing riff are the ideal things to accompany a good drink of something very strong and Belgian!
The waves of Madness at Sea roll in at an impressive 9:47 minutes long. Crashing in with squealing feedback, and simple chords, it’s a full minute and a half before the drums kick in (No pun intended there…). Those of you who have read the H.P. Lovecraft story “The Call of Cthulhu” will by this point be imagining the Great and Evil Old One emerging from his risen city and chasing the “Alert” through the sea.
The track builds up, creating a wall of sound that will lay waste to your eardrums. At just over the five minutes mark, a subtle and menacing atmospheric melody pervades the heaviness. It kind of reminded me of one of those weird off-kilter, simple solos that Robert Smith of The Cure snuck into the “Pornography” era material.
This really is Lovecraft worshipping doom of the highest order. If I have any gripe with it, it would be that some deep growled vocals would have gone down very well at certain points on both tracks. However, both tracks are indeed evocative of the twisted atmosphere that Lovecraft’s writing of his most famous story conveyed in words.
The EP is available now from Amazon and Bandcamp
- Crawling Chaos (8:19)
- Madness at Sea (9:47)
Erich Zann – Guitars/Bass
JM – Drums