ARTIST:

GHOST BATH

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

SELF LOATHER

(2021)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

BLACK METAL

TAGS:
Dissonant, Epic, Melancholic
""Self Loather" is a rough post black metal album at the same time swirling and funereal which attracts Ghost Bath at the top of its art."
CHILDERIC THOR (04.04.2022)  
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In 2015, Ghost Bath began with "Moonlover" a trilogy continued two years later by "Starmourner" and that ends today "Self Loather", with for only purpose the cathartic auscultation of the human soul, its melancholy, its dramas, its joys sometimes, its quest for absolute also. A vast program placed however under the seal of the darkness.

If we now know a little more about this band whose mysterious identity was skilfully maintained, its music, it, does not cease surprising us, slipping between the definitions, the categories. At the beginning, stuck to the depressive black metal style (which they have never really deserted), the Americans have developed with the second chapter of their triptych a brighter, more radiant way, pushing them more frankly on the side of an Alcestian shoegaze, even if it means disappointing those who think that black art must remain this negative and radical expression.

In that, this third and last part reassures us, renewing with a violence as depressive as bubbling. Its title, which evokes the aversion of oneself to the point of hatred, augurs in any case of a painful work, of a bitter creation, foraging the most vile and unhealthy folds of our conscience. This theme gives birth to an album with an icy and violent atmosphere, as testifies 'Convince Me To Bleed' which, positioned at the beginning of the course. The vocals scream, the guitars plow trenches in the skin and the rhythmic carries everything away like an emotional storm.

But "Self Loather" is not only brutality, it impresses as much by the richness of its ambiences and by the multitude of details that cling to the tortuous path that it traces. 'Hide From The Sun' proposes a tempo as heavy as hypnotic while 'Shrines Of Bone' rises in the night with all its tempestuous force. Jason Hirt's drums eat up all the space, erecting black cliffs against which the venomous surf of sharp riffs swollen with a suicidal sap crashes.

Without sinking as much as we would like in a definitive and dreary darkness, "Self Loather" is a rough post black metal  album at the same time swirling and funereal which attracts Ghost Bath at the top of its art.


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SIMILAR BANDS:
AUSTERE, ALCEST


TRACK LISTING:
01. Convince Me To Bleed
02. Hide From The Sun
03. Shrines Of Bone
04. Sanguine Mask
05. A Crystal Lattice
06. Sinew And Vein
07. I Hope Death Finds Me Well
08. For It Is A Veil
09. Unbearable
10. Flickering Wicks Of Black

LINEUP:
Dennis Mikula: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Jason Hirt: Batterie
John Olivier: Guitares
Josh Jaye: Basse
Tim Church: Guitares
   
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