Hellthrasher Productions, 08.12.17
Finnish Perdition Winds was started in 2010, and Transcendent Emptiness is their second full-length. They participated on a split with Russian Drama, released on Christmas Day of 2015, but I never got around to present it.
After a single line-up change, American J.I. (Grave Violator) is the quintet's new vocalist. Three of the members also plays death metal in Lie in Ruins. One of them is drummer R.S., who also handles percussion in Sargeist and vocal in Desolate Shrine.
A brief gust of Immortal's spirit swirls like a draughty breath of wind from Blashyrk, at the very time Of Smoke And Mirrors kicks into gear. The shutters are rapidly slammed shut, though, and Perdition Winds don't need to worry about any striking resemblance to anyone else.
The right words are hard to find as Transcendent Emptiness is to be described, and semi-radical changes in everyday life affect my concentration, so let me try to comment in a primitive and simple way. The music - black and occult - is itself primitive, but authentic, honest, heinous, misanthropic and effective.
The rest of the world is shut out. The Finns exhibit an absolute mistrust in the “civilized” world, that is gradually undermining its own sustainability. Black, primitive, heartfelt hatred from barbed wire and battering percussion, acts as their protest song. A sharp, rasping voice is putting up a fight. The quality is steady. Stubborn, headstrong and never yielding. The poisonous moods discharged toward the end of Malicious Seed must be mentioned, though.
Like an echo of the past, mirroring the decay of today, Perdition Winds perform timeless black disgust. The Finns don't attempt to be extreme for the sake of extremity, or to ape others. Transcendent Emptiness is a natural expression of ultimately crying out a disapproval when being driven towards the edge. When the primal instinct awakes, it's only natural that the musical expression automatically approach existing expressions. Even if there are others doing the same thing, it's still Perdition Winds' own individual voice we can hear scream and shout in anger and despair.
Transcendent Emptiness was produced by Henri Sorvali (Finntroll, Moonsorrow) in Trollhouse Audio. He also mastered the first album, Aura of Suffering (2014.) The sound is primitive and simple, yet powerful and effective. It's also natural and adequate with rather good dynamics (on DR8-9). Describing the music is not always the easiest. Enjoying it without uttering a word - just absorbing and sensing the wrath is so much easier. Thus, this becomes more like an atmosphere status report than a technically correct analysis. At least, it is not difficult to be absorbed by the music and its rightful glowing hatred. Transcendent Emptiness might not be ground-breaking, but for its need, it works like a fucking charm. Rating: 5
Transcendent Emptiness is being released on CD this weekend, while the vinyl release is scheduled for January.