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Experimental US crew find new paths through the wreckage
"The attempt to kindle new flames from black metal and doom’s respective pyres with a hefty slosh of post-whatever petroleum proved to be a highly divisive proposition a few years ago. It’s also become such an over-subscribed approach that it now takes something special to truly stand out. One journey through the wastes of Wisconsin-based Bereft’s Prosthetic Records debut, Lands, will rejuvenate your faith. Its 13-minute opener, We Wept, alone all but seals the deal, its initially ponderous oaths climaxing in a percussive burst of withering black metal deceptively concealed within its funereally soulful, balefully crushing preceding passages.