30th October 2015 – Subliminal Groove Records
In the desert wilderness of Arizona, a sleeping colossus has stirred, hell bent on the destruction of mankind.
Oh My! Sorry, went a bit overdramatic there. What I meant to say was that Arizona-based atmospheric tech-death types Kardashev are dropping their debut album Peripety via Subliminal Groove Records, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been like a kid before Christmas waiting for this since it was first announced.
Once you’re hit with the obligatory spacey intro, “Sopor” smacks you in the face with the same power that destroyed Alderaan. Marc Garrett’s voice is like the summoning of Cthulu; it has the same raw power as you’d expect from The Old One, with second half monster “Umbra” a prime example.
Raw power is one of the underlying themes of the album, as song after song you’re hit with a barrage of left and rights that’ll leave you on the floor in a bloody mess. It’s okay though: somehow you’re able to leave two thumbs up from your mangled corpse; it’s a most enjoyable beating it must be said.
There’s also the atmospheric side to this tale; it’s not all shouty men and heavy guitars, don’t you know. Without it, this would just be another heavy album, but the more delicate facets are another kind of goosebump (or groovebump, if you will)-inducing. Like witnessing the destruction of a dying world first hand, against a backdrop of nebulae, stars and other space-related beauty, there’s a dangerous and horrifying beauty to the Peripety.
Kardashev’s musicianship on is tighter here than a hundred people in a lift that’s meant to house twelve. There are riffs aplenty, but the way the drums are delivered is something unworldly; with the same ferocity as staring into a swarm of Africanised bees that attack you from every direction, it’s the boiler room which steers this enormous space hulk of an album.
Going by this record alone, Kardashev can seriously give the likes of Fallujah a run for their money. As debut albums go, Peripety is probably one of the best I’ve heard in recent years; the perfect amalgamation of cut throat fury, delicate intricacy and vast soundscapes that’ll please everyone, no matter where your tastes lie. It’s a fulfilling journey that’ll both destroy and enlighten you at the same time.