Any metalhead head who’s worth his or her own salt has specific taste when it comes down to it. Sure, we can appreciate all if not most styles, but many would say they like death, doom, or black metal the most over any, but some aren’t as specific. I’m not as lucky as easily my absolute favorite style of metal would have to be bringing together sludge and doom metal with heavy psychedelia to create an experience that’s nigh on unique. I should’ve expected as much from such a brilliant cover art, but Lurk’s upcoming album is the sort of material that I’ve been seeking literal years.
The biggest struggle in making anything that’s heavy as well as psychedelic of any variety is finding a good, solid mix in the middle where you’re incorporating both of them to an effective degree. Yet, there’s no shortage of bands who try their hands at it, but, like many things, the list of acts who’ve managed to pull it off is incredibly slim. For me, the list barely expands to bands past the likes of YOB, Neurosis, and (my personal favorite) Inter Arma whose consistent experimentation pushes the unique style further and further every few years. It’s a true wonder to listen to, but I’ve been wondering what the next band to join their ranks would be. It’s no easy feat, but I know there’s plenty of talent to find in the underground so I knew it was only a matter of time before I came across a random band that managed to blow me away. Never thought that it’d be Lurk when I first came across them, but life is full of surprises and “Fringe” is easily one such marvel.
I will say that while the whole of “Fringe” didn’t mean all of my desires to become in my eyes an absolute wonder of psychedelic sludgy doom, there’s no question in my mind whatever that this album is a truly delicious morsel that I could happily eat up over and over again given the insanely high quality of work that’s at play here with these eight tracks. Lurk does everything in spectacular fashion with “Fringe” being a true champion of such a unique style from the bombastic start to haunting finish. It’s tracks like “Reclaim” that bring a tasty mixture of everything in great, dissonant harmony, the opener of “Ostrakismos” that sets the tone for the whole of “Fringe”, and then pieces like “Furrow” that really show the power that Lurk packs in just a single punch. By the end, “Fringe” has taken us through an absolute slew of peaks and valleys that show us no less than a pristine level of musicianship, imagination, and skill that makes the record as much of a joy to listen to as it is that is simply intoxicating for every second!
A diverse record with such a unique sound rarely comes around like this, and Lurk has given the world yet another impressive example as to why this niche of a style should be more of a thing. There’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that “Fringe” is destined to be a one of a kind classic that only very fortunate souls will be able to discover.
“Fringe” releases on August 5th via Transcending Obscurity Records!
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