Album Review: Ululatum Tollunt – Quantum Noose of Usurpation

Ululatum Tollunt
Quantum Noose of Usurpation
(Invictus Productions)

Crank Tennessee black metal forgers Ululatum Tollunt’s first EP, Quantum Noose of Usurpation, ridiculously loud if you want the full and most singular effect. Contrary to popular belief, this is not necessarily the case for every extreme metal album. Darkthrone’s latest, Arctic Thunder, is just fine at mid-level. Ululatum Tollunt though, blast away in a swampy and unhinged sort of way. Their darkness demands complete aural obstruction. It’s scrappy and mad.

The record was released in January on CD, but the eternal Gods of slime concurred that this little explosive dungeon-bomb truly belonged on cassette. And so it came to be. Goatprayer Records is making 100 of these things, so you better go out and grab a tape because this is 19 minutes and 29 seconds of pure underground turbulence.

It’s actually like being on a plane that’s being ripped apart and shredded into the ether of hell. Joyous fun. “Serpentine Despoilers” is a dark grind of unforgiving laceration: all thrash, smut and waves of insanity. “Lupine Aggressors” tears your face off like pizza on plastic: quick, oily and demented. “Triumph Continuum”—the record’s closer—tunnels itself deep into the barren Earth. It doesn’t stop at the core though; it pushes straight through to the stratosphere. There it manifests with pure spirit: a bubbling mass of waste and rare energy. It’s all sick and driving.

These southerners are quick to pummel you, and we’re all the better for it. This is arty black metal, with shards of technique and loose ascension. The record goes by fast, but you just play it again. Write, clean, create, move, sculpt; you just rage to this thing: the perfect little cassette from Mephistopheles.

Purchase the album here.

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