To wrap up the Temple of Torturous' three pack, it's now time for Kolp's latest release. This band is based upon the work of two artists: Knot and Jim Jones. The first one is the musician handling all the instruments, whereas Jim is the lyricist and vocalist of this somber duo.
High contrast negative image of a building of some sort is no cheerful greeting into their world. Mind you, with tittles like: "Alienation", "All Desolate", "The End of Beginning" and "Lay to Meaninglessness", you know this is no Walt Disney's fairytale. "The Covered Pure Permanence" is literally swimming in a highly distorted and desperate lake, so to speak. If you don't enjoy those elements, better move on, because Kolp pretty much sticks to the same formula from beginning to end. The crushing guitar work is the ruler of the sonic structure here. Backed by buzzing bass and some somewhat discrete drumming, Jim's sickly desperate rasps are telling an undecipherable tormented story. Faster times, with the usual components, are to be heard, with a bit of a chaotic edge and unpolished sound production. The more efficient parts are the moderate ones, which increased the crushing emotional level and is where one can witness a doom mode. "Lost Horizon" is a fine example of this situation. "All Desolate" continues in the same vein with a touch of harmony in extra. "Pass…Enter…Dissolve" closes the album in great doom fashion, with the appropriate amount of crunch.
This release is perfect for those into highly buzzing and desperate black metal, and also if you don't mind simple and repetitive songs.
2- The Covered Pure Permanence
3- Lost Horizon
5- All Desolate
6- Flickering Lights
7- The End of Beginning
8- Lay to Meaninglessness