Inverloch, 'Distance Collapsed'
A quartet of morbid Australians with the warm-and-fuzzy name Disembowelment put out a handful of releases in the early Nineties, combining doom metal and death metal for a unique funereal stew, only to break up the same year they put out a proper full-length, 1993's brilliant Transcendence Into the Peripheral. Nearly two decades after Disembowelment's disembowelment, the rhythm section regrouped to become Inverloch, a rare sequel that's almost as good as the original. Depending on the song, their first full-length, Distance Collapsed, grumbles and gurgles like a death rattle; it trembles with tremulous guitar and soars with moody, Dead Can Dance–like melodic solos; it howls with all the anguish of hell. As a whole, it evokes a certain depressed mood beautifully – sort of like a gloriously horrifying negative image of new age. Kory Grow