Thy Horrendous Yearning, on vinyl LP for the first time ever. For over a decade now, RIDE FOR REVENGE have maintained one of the most unique sounds in the black/death underground – and prolifically, at that – with their debut album, 2007’s The King of Snakes, being the watershed moment where this Finnish entity boldly unfurled its uneasy ‘n’ unclean primitivism-unto-ritualism onto unsuspecting ears. Since then, the duo became a trio, and their original vision – murky, miasmic, even tribal black metal debased down to its most primitive state, originally using only bass and drums – has ever so slightly expanded to include noisier textures and even early grindcore.
Released earlier this year on CD format, RIDE FOR REVENGE’s latest Thy Horrendous Yearning is very aptly titled: in a now-deep catalog rich with slow-burn mantras, this sixth album is the band’s most slow-burning yet. With tension so tight that it can’t be cut with any knife and “release” from that tension only the barest (and most debased) suggestion, Thy Horrendous Yearningcreeps and crawls, slithers and stumbles, evoking a primordial landscape whose only denizens engage in the most clandestine of rituals. And like many/most of their records, the song titles tell the entire story: “Soul Abortion,” “Secrets of Cryptic Metal,” “Devil’s Star on the Rise,” and the telltale, raison d’etre “Sexual Rhythm of Death,” among others.