The Orphic EP – DD//Vinyl
Chaosphere Recordings/Raging Planet/Bleak Recordings
Released – April 26th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
Hmmm…where does one even begin to describe the aural output of Lisbon, Portugal’s Wells Valley? Take prevalent components of psychedelia, sludge, atmospheric doom, progressive Post-Rock and say, experimental black metal, and you will begin to glimpse what’s going on here. The trio of guitarist/vocalist Filipe Correia, bassist Pedro Lopes and drummer Mau, aka Wells Valley, have just released their 3-song EP ‘The Orphic‘. On the EP the guys provide two powerful originals along with an equally exertive cover for some truly avant-garde sonicdelia.
The pair of originals, ‘Annunciation‘ and ‘Ophanim‘, are deep descents into the darkest recesses of atmosphoria. The first is a spiraling, at times hypnotic twisting of near trance-inducing rhythms and frenetic drumming. Intensities build and then dissipate amid a seeming hive of periodically buzzing guitars, all while acidic, harsh vocals dance upon the music beneath them. Second track, ‘Ophanim‘, begins with some piercing feedback before exploding into a flurry of activity. Guttural vocals bellow and then give way to dizzying deluges of tribal-like drumming before everything goes all heady and lysergic. Even that eventually yields to some potent, crushing aggro-doom music and post-hardcore type vocals.
The first two songs cannot prepare you for what lies ahead with track three, a mind-melting adaptation of Pink Floyd’s ‘Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun‘. Transcendental verses unfurl with sedately calm, somewhat minimalist vibes but ’tis merely the calm before the storm. The choruses erupt with barrages of musical abrasiveness and totally unhinged vocals, along with some fiery guitar work. By the time the song begins to wind down you feel the despair grip your very soul, keeping you strapped in place and bound for the imminent destruction at the core of the solar inferno ahead.
FFO: Neurosis, Swallow The Sky or ZAO
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker