Indian – Guiltless

Indian are a Chicago (USA) based band and they’re specialised in relentless and uncompromising doom metal. After having released several albums and EP’s on the Seventh Seal label they’ve signed with Relapse for their upcoming record, entitled Guiltless. Let’s focus on the crushing power of their latest album.

If someone asked me to describe this album in one word, it would be “heavy”. Bone crushing guitar riffs and lots of feedback form the basis of Guiltless. Combine this with the slow pace and the ear piercing screams and it pretty much sums up of what you can expect. The uncompromising nature of No Grace, The Fate Before Fate, Guilty and The End Of Truth are clear examples.

Guiltless have some post core traits as well, due to the use of experimental noise and droning effects. The vocals are mixed way back in the overall sound, which serves as another indicator for the post core influences. The title track, The End Of Truth and Benality are convincing proof of that.

The Fate Before Fate and Guilty are somewhat shorter, upbeat tracks that add a bit of much needed diversity to the album. Supplicants is mostly an acoustic interlude, which serves as an intro to the album’s grand finale in the form of the aforementioned Benality.

Guiltless is produced by Sanford Parker (Minsk, Unearthly Trance). He’s famous for his signature and lo-fi sound. This album is no exception to that rule. He managed to literally drown this album in fuzz, feedback and assorted noise. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However it certainly works within the take-no-prisoners attitude of Guiltless.

It’s heavy, it’s dirty and it will certainly be liked by the Roadburn crowd. Mission accomplished I’d say!

Written by Raymond Westland

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