Cosmic Putrefaction – Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones

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Cosmic Putrefaction is a solo band founded by the Italian multi-instrumentalist Gabriele Gramaglia. For his third album 'Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones( the sole composer has recruited drummer Giulio Galati (Hideous Divinity), and vocalist Riccardo Nioin (Vertebra Atlantis). Featuring seven tracks that fall somewhere between the atmospheric and technical death metal, Cosmic Putrefaction captivates great scale and dexterity which is handled by Gabriele Gramaglia. The range and the depth of experience in employing atmospheric elements allow the songs to meander through the solid riffing.

Even though Cosmic Putrefaction is referred to as a cosmic death metal band, the songwriting is a technical culmination of sheer performance. Stylistically, the music doesn’t resemble the style of cavernous death metal. Just right after the intro ‘…Through Withered Horizons’ Cosmic Putrefaction accentuates the full qualities in the multilayered display of the guitars. The following track ‘Sol’s upheaval Debris’ offers loads of hefty riffing. With the technical proficiency of its sole member proves that he has great talent in utilizing the ambient synth and the guitar chugging. Just as the technique and songwriting composition move with smooth agility, the drums as well are spot on as they provide plenty of blast beats.

The third track ‘From Resounding Silence to the Obsidian Womb’ explores the technical fluency which defines the intellectual songwriting prowess. The riff craft depends upon fusing multiple elements in the composition. The use of strings as well as the intricate work of the drums pinpoints the trait of the Italian death metal style. Throughout the album, Gabriele Gramaglia tackles atmospheric elements. The frequent use of the synth and the string arrangements give the songs a kind of grandiosity. In many ways, the third album ‘Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones’ orchestrates a high degree of professionalism that was absent in the sophomore ‘The Horizons towards Which Splendour Withers’.

On the whole, the song seems perfectly fitted to the style of technical death metal. The chugging riffs along with the drums stand out which somehow makes the song sound complex. Gabriele Gramaglia offers an immense palette of tonality, and the guitar effect adds further textures to a song like ‘Amniotic Bewilderment’ .

The blasting drums and the monstrous tone of the vocal provide a diluted tide of brutality while additional details like the strings and the brutal slab of the riffing contrast with the lead guitars. Cosmic Putrefaction presents refreshing elements on the third album as the composer shows great talent in tackling various styles the guitar riffs. The atmosphere feels grisly and malformed. The gigantic role of the guitars and the strings is just the tip of the iceberg. The vocals are putrid, filthy and ooze monstrous growls. ‘Lysergic Sulfuric Waters’ coheres into technical grotesquery. There is a diverse feature that is shrewdly inserted into the songs. These varieties provide a broad spectrum with plenty of hooks and chugging. ‘Twisting Spirals in the Murk’ begins with ominous guitar strings adding an otherworldly feel.

Cosmic Putrefaction’s third album re-creates fresh sonic concepts. The whole approach proves his knack for songwriting and this is why the album is deemed as significant in the band’s discography. The vaguely putrid feel of the songs and the swaggering riff structure seems to be molded into the new qualities which Gabriele Gramaglia has proudly achieved. Bludgeoning drum work maintains a dose of brutality, while the spacey guitar solos have a range of cosmic vibes to them. ‘Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones’ veers between the modern technical death metal and sci-fi atmosphere. There is no one stylistic direction for the songs to follow and this is what makes it quite twisted and bewildering.

The drums on the album interlace with the mid-tempo riffing. The synth occasionally lends a sort of cosmic vibe. ‘Cradle Wrecked, Curtains Unfurled’ is the centerpiece and serves dark synth textures, Cosmic Putrefaction summarizes its sonic cohesion. The track includes guitar solo hooks to technical brutality and the drums break out from the mid-tempo pacing unleashing tides of blast beats. There are some pleasing piano passages at the end of the track, showcasing the melodic overtones.

The album’s title track ‘Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones’ gives us a grand closure. It begins with rich melodic guitar chords with strings and keyboards adding a mysterious spacey feel to the point where the boisterous riffs provide a cosmic background.

REVIEW SCORE

  • Music / Songwriting 9/10
  • Vocals / Lyrics 9/10
  • Mix / Production 9/10
  • Artwork & Packaging 8/10
  • Originality 9/10
8.8

Cosmic Putrefaction’s third album is well constructed and refined. This comes highly recommended for fans of Hideous Divinity, Burial Invocation and Chthe’ilist.

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