Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Esoteric - The Pernicious Enigma (1997)

A dense, terrifying record. Maybe the greatest modern doom metal record? A murky ocean of dissonant guitars, cavernous drums, screeching feedback, and warped synthesizer, through which cut disturbing movie samples and otherworldly guttural growls. The Pernicious Enigma kinda makes me feel like it's a wrap on the genre; like, who the fuck is going to make a better doom metal record than this?

Track listing:
-Disc One-
1. Creation (Through Destruction)
2. Dominion of Slaves
3. Allegiance
4. NOXBC9701040
-Disc Two-
1. Sinistrous
2. At War with Peace
3. A Worthless Dream
4. Stygian Narcosis
5. Passing Through Water

Have I not laughed when it did come?
Devoured the pain
Now it is mine
To wield, to bestow
The fuel of my acumen


  1. Bona fide classic. If not the greatest modern doom metal record it's strangling the one that is.

  2. Absolutely one of the greatest doom metal albums out. The beginning 20 secs of A Worthless Dream is some of the most existence crushing music I've ever heard in my life.