It's a respect they’ve earned by following their own path, which is what they very much continue to do here, as Chump Change kicks things off with a tumble of drums and discordant guitars. There are some more or less straightforward thrash riffs and a huge bass rumble to be heard, but they’re all submerged in an ocean of awkwardness. From there they stretch out at different tangents, bringing in shrieking black metal, polyrhythmic shifts, deliberately obtuse jazz patterns and anything else that grabs their passing fancy. Traditional songs are in short supply, but eerie soundscapes and clashing, challenging slabs of noise they have in abundance.
Spirit Of Ecstasy certainly isn’t an easy listen. There are moments where it seems like they’re trying a little too hard to be different for confrontation’s own sake, but the album succeeds in its own lack of boundaries and utter refusal to compromise.
For fans of: Deathspell Omega, Voices, Oranssi Pazuzu
Spirit of Ecstasy is released on July 22 via Century Media