TEMPEST - S/T LP
Holy shit. Vancouver's Tempest have seriously outdone themselves here. This is the most blackened, tornado swirling aural violence I've heard. Rooted in sounds like early Orchid and much of the swirling heaviness that React With Protest Records releases, Tempest just makes it overwhelmingly heavy with buried vocals that sound like hideous phantoms clawing out of caves. There are hints of dark beauty buried deep in the tightly controlled chaos here that keep the record from strangling you completely. Seriously just a total enveloping sound on the level of Old Soul that just keeps sending tingles down your spine.