A horrible hack

Hissing

Permanent Destitution

Year Released: 2018
Format: Download
Label: Profound Lore
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jan 5, 2019
Hissing dig into a sound that teeters between madcap scrabbles and muck-dwelling murk. The burbling mix owes a clear debt to the likes of Portal and Incantation but lacks the true, deep, skull-clawing sense of mania that the style demands. For the most part 'Permanent Destitution' proves to be high on skill but low on vibes, though there are passages that hit the mark and the band's use of ambient noise and crackling, industrial-tinged menace is an aspect that would benefit from further expansion. It's interesting if imperfect, but after a handful of similar releases the jury's now out as to whether they can truly deliver on their aspirations.


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