Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life Digi-CD
Leviathan’s Massive Conspiracy Against All Life is a definite high point for a band that will go down as a great in USBM history.
Wrest has made quite a name for himself in the extreme metal scene for the past five years or so, with numerous Eps, and two prior full lengths, the prestige that Leviathan has received is beyond that of most USBM bands. Wrest’s ability to craft vast, ethereal atmospheres, sometimes harrowing, sometimes blissful, is just one of the many traits that has made us enjoy this band so much. While the atmosphere is concrete, it is also the way he so subtlety manipulates melodies to reflect whichever mood or emotion he wishes. Leviathan is multifaceted in a way that very few bands are. There are extremely atmospheric and moody sections, then there are your melodic and catchy areas, and then there are plenty of times where you can just bang your head. All these things that have made us worship the multitude of releases are present within Massive Conpiracy Against All Life... Here Wrest tries his hand at a more frightful and disturbing, if you will, atmosphere. The first thing that comes to mind whilst listening to Massive... was Deathspell Omega’s Fas - Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum. The reason why my mind automatically struck up the comparison was because of the hollow nature that I attribute to both Massive and Fas.
Appropriate listening if you slit you wrists to: Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Mayhem, Xasthur