In Case You Missed It: Paroxsihzem’s Abyss of Excruciating Vexes

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Originally released in March last year, Paroxsihzem‘s agonizing EP, Abyss of Excruciating Vexes, has been resuscitated for a limited tape run on the always killer Krucyator Productions. If you a) missed this horrifying blast fest, or b) think tapes are the tech of the future, here’s your chance to get caught up. Disclaimer: you should probably be wearing a hazmat suit when you stab play below.

Paroxsihzem have only been active since 2009, but they’ve already created quite a name for themselves amid the choked gutters of Canada’s underground bestial blackened death/war metal scene. With two previous demos, a full-length, and a split with the absolutely horrendous Adversarial, the band have cut their teeth on the scorched pavement of Canada’s extreme landscape and keep plowing forward with murderous rage. Last year’s EP, Abyss of Excruciating Vexes, capitalized on all that bloodshed and was certainly sufficiently vitriolic to capture the attention of Krucyator’s Loic of Autokrator fame. If that isn’t high praise and a seal of approval regarding a release’s capability to pulverize, I don’t know what is.

So how does Abyss of Excruciating Vexes deliver on that promise? Superbly, in fact. As it turns out, Excruciating Vexes is a horrifyingly apt title; this album is heavy as all hell. The unrepentant blasts (which are delightfully mixed well above the downtuned guitars) are downright worrisome, sinking their teeth into your skin while the guitars skitter and slide across the frets with reckless abandon. There are several parts in the first track alone (“Dillanties Torture”) when the song sounds like the whole composition is just going to go completely off the rails. Within the last twenty seconds, the guitarists squeal and solo with little regard for tuning or taste while the rhythm section just sort of judders and screeches to a halt like some nasty, fleshy abomination summoned from the void rampaging behind you before collapsing into a pâté of distorted gristle and percussive viscera. The bilious vocals that sound like a frog vomiting are just the icing on the cake.

The remainder of the four original tracks on the EP continue on in much the same manner, with more than enough odd moments of rhythmic decomposition, pleasantly out-of-place solos, and tarry vocal regurgitations to satisfy any gore-obsessed metalhead. This album is undoubtedly 5 out of 5 uncomfortable normies on the heaviness scale and will almost assuredly make any nearby listeners question whether or not you’re some kind of pervert if you play it in a public area, especially if you play the warped fifth cover track.

5/5 Uncomfortable Normies

5

Heavy, atmospheric, off-kilter, and deeply satisfying in the most deranged way, Abyss of Excruciating Vexes is a must-buy for fans of metal that grinds you into paste. But act quickly, because tape supplies are limited! You can order the album from Krucyator productions here! Be sure to catch a ride on the Canadian killdozer at Facebook too!

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  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Thanks for bringing back the uncomfortable normies

  • Jack Bauer

    I like the part where I’m being slowly mercilessly dragged into the void

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      it thought it was an interrogation room?

      • Jack Bauer

        The interrogation room has been renovated into a black hole. That way when Randall passes his quota for calling people posers i can just put him there and wait as he experiences time slowing and sees the future of power metal before his eyes before slowly being spaghettified. Real talk though, black holes are fucking cool as fuck.

      • occupied.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Who’s in there?

          • Jack Bauer

            You

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Jack plz! I’m in my room, how could I be getting interrogated?

          • Jack Bauer

            Good that means the mental inhibitors are working. Keep thinking that you’re in your room 😉

        • Jack Bauer

          This is a thing you will like. Thank me later. https://newretrowave.bandcamp.com/album/kyrie-electron

  • Jack Bauer
  • Howard Dean

    I think I’m becoming an uncomfortable normie.

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      Really? I figured this might be up your alley.

      • Howard Dean

        It’s kind of crazy, but all kinds of stuff like this hasn’t been appealing to me lately (like the last few months). I’ve basically spent 2017 listening to classic heavy metal, thrash, and alternative rock. I think I’m becoming a music dad.

        • how was Metallica?

          • Howard Dean

            Excellent. Their early work was a little too amateurish for my tastes, but when Ride the Lightning came out in ’84, I think they really came into their own–commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. They’ve been compared to NWOBHM bands, but I think Metallica has a meaner, more honest sound.

            Mark my words: This Metallica band is going places. I see platinum albums, world tours, interesting collaborations, awards, and tables in their future.

          • tables and merch tables!

          • Óðinn

            They are the merch tables, Jimmy. They are the merch tables.

          • Howard Dean
        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Yay!

        • Wet W’s Whistle

          Gotcha. Did you check out Lor yesterday, because that sounds like it might fit your current mood better?

          • Howard Dean

            I haven’t checked it out yet, but I will take look. That’s been part of it, too. My appetite for checking out new stuff has been greatly diminished. I almost feel like I’m at a point where I’m content with what I already have. Feels weird.

            Unrelated: Did you see that Reverorum ib Malacht is releasing a new album in July? I remember that you were familiar with these Catholicism-themed black metal dudes. Preorders are up at the AJNA webstore:

            https://www.theajnaoffensive.com/collections/cd/products/reverorum-ib-malacht-2

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            I actually just finished jamming that new track on Soundcloud and was looking at that very page on their site, haha. Will probably buy this.

          • Howard Dean

            Nice! I may preorder it. AJNA’s prices are so reasonable it’s hard not to buy it, haha.

            I just came across this other tidbit of news from NWN forums: Apparently Nortt is still around and a new album is in the works. I thought for sure this band was dead. It’s been like a decade since there has been any news from this band:

            http://nortt.dk/index.php/1274793

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            Wow, it’s been a minute since I listened to Nortt.

          • HD, that was me early this year. I used that time and listened to Rhapsody 80s Judas Priest for like a month straight

          • Jack Bauer

            Implying you don’t constantly listen to Rhapsody regardless

          • Well yeah usually it’s almost every day

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            I’m generally surprised when you’re listening to something that isn’t almost 40 years old.

          • Come on, you know I’m more 80s than 70s

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            *30 years old.

            But seriously, whenever you’re like, “I’m just revisiting classics this week,” I take that as business as usual.

          • Mostly the last two months have been spending time with promos fharc sends me that I swear I’m going to write about

          • HD, this sounds so freaking spooky. But, I’m interested.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          The problem I have with a lot of stuff like this is the lumbering feeling of déja vu. I mean, this is good but it’s nothing I haven’t heard a 100 times before by a 100 different bands already. I have this problem with many new bands (especially in the underground).
          Many people do enjoy this though, so this is definitely a subjective personal problem I’m having.

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            To be fair, I definitely wouldn’t say it’s breaking any molds. Just scratches a rather particular itch.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Oh it’s definitely well done for what it is. And many (read: probably most) metalheads want to hear more and more from a certain sound when they happen to like that particular sound. I guess the way I listen to metal is just different from the way most metalheads do, which is fine.

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          welcome

        • GoatForest

          Me too. I’ve been listening to Down on a very regular rotation for the past year.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I’m a normie as well so at least you’re not alone.

      • Howard Dean

        [quickly becomes a comfortable weirdo]

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Whoa, Dubbz didn’t say one negative word about tapes in this article. I r uncomfert

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      Do not test my steel.

      • I’m gonna test your steel next weekend

        • Wet W’s Whistle

          Is that a euphemism?

          • Guacamole Jim

            I hope so.

          • Do you want it to be? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

          • Jack Bauer

            “wes and randall make a porno” also starring cats and power metal

      • Óðinn

        Why? Was it cheaply made in China? Is it brittle? 😉

    • It was all subtext.

  • this album is a very good! it’s funny you mention Adversarial, some weirdo gifted me that one a while back and it’s been in heavy rotation in the 6-disc changer 😉

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I hope it’s sad. I always had an affinity for sadness in music. Watching From A Distance is one of my favorite sad albums.

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      Lol, it took me a minute to remember who the weirdo was, hahaha.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Vocals that sound like frogs vomiting? You know I’m in.

    http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/952/255/122.gif

  • Decapitron

    This is the best rating system.