Review : WITHERED – "Dualitas"

Withered – Dualitas
Release date: 2010Oct26 (US)
Label: Prosthetic Records
Rating: 4/5

Withered is a blackened doom group that hails from Atlanta, GA. This is their third full-length release. Dualitas was recorded by Kylesa’s Phillip Cope at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. Withered has also made appearances at both the Blackened Fest and the inaugural Scion Rock Festival in 2009.

“Extinguished with the Weary” starts things off on a dark, gritty note with primal drumming that picks up in speed throughout the track. The texture is similar to a cocktail made up of mud, rocks and broken glass. “Residue in the Void” eschews the caustic nature of the first track in favor of slowed-down drums and a hint of melody. At 2:25 in, the calm is shattered by a mix of blast beats and dripping riffs, courtesy of founder Mike Thompson, who also played in Social Infestation with Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders.

“Interlude” closes off the first half of this album on a somber note. It left me looking around a corner, expecting something that would shatter the silence. “From Shadows” emerges as a straightforward riffer with a great flow between bassist Mike Longoria and drummer Beau Brandon. They have been Withered‘s backbone since 2007 and appear on 2008’s Folie Circulaire, though they collaborated priorly, including the Atlanta-based band Waited with guitarist/vocalist Dylan Kilgore (another two-syllable name that begins with ‘w’ and ends with ‘ed’ …interesting). “Aethereal Breath” is the longest and most expansive track on Dualitas, with something for everyone as it showcases the rightful talents of each member, before concluding with an outro.

This is one hell of an effort from Withered. I loved the element of surprise on “Residue in the Void” and I was blown away by the skill and dedication present on “Aethereal Breath”. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning with a cup of black coffee and some blackened doom.

FCC: Clean
Try: 1, 2, 5, 7

01. Extinguished with the Weary
02. Residue in the Void
03. Seek the Shrouded
04. Interlude
05. From Shadows
06. The Progenitor’s Grasp
07. Aethereal Breath
08. Outro

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