I don't know how it happened but I got this tape from a store in Brisbane, Australia without having any idea what it was. Well color me surprised and tickled because this shit is awesome. Good vibes heavy grind.
It’s a classical doom template accentuated by classic British inspired heavy metal ideals, sometimes they alternate and sometimes they synergise. They execute it as well as you’d hope from that description even managing to tie in copious amounts of left-hand path themes and imagery. Have a drink every time you hear a reference to Satan and you’ll be as plastered as that guy who gets asked to leave every metal show he goes to.
Carcinoid is one of Australia's best underground bands. Buy their cassettes, they're consistently brutal and interesting with some of the best bass in the country. From their demo to their LP and whatever comes next.
Parasligm Shift has elbow swinging breakdowns and windmill moshing, it’s good for it all. There’s a big crossover of influences on this album from metal, grindcore, hardcore, black metal and a bunch related to those genres, I appreciate that a lot. It feels like it’s own entity beyond constraints but still delivering on the promise of intensity that those genres exist for.
As others have said, this is a fantastic album. What's super interesting is the story behind the music and the artwork. I had the good fortune of talking to the band about the themes in my review and it's every bit as far out and cool as you'd expect:
This project is criminally underheard, there's a lot more to explore beyond the name that's for sure. Parts of it give me a desert almost western kind of vibe, it's these interesting transitions that make the juxtaposition between the raw black metal and post rock less jarring.