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Tides of Sulfur

In the traditional sense of the word, Tides of Sulfur are probably the heaviest band on APF right now; and probably in the non-traditional sense of the word too.

Hailing from Cardiff, Wales, the three piece death/blackened assault are a force to be reckoned with. Infected with that seemingly uniquely black metal trait of consistently putting out demos, EP’s, splits and singles, Tides of Sulfur threw at least a full album’s worth of punishing noise our way long before their debut full length Extinction Curse dropped in 2016. Whilst all their early output bears a listen, particularly of note is the 10 minute masterpiece ‘Ypres’ from 2014, which shows off an impressive range; impressive in its parsing of the melodic and the dramatically unmelodic, creating something meldable despite the two halves being quite so discordant.

In 2019, Paralysis Of Reason saw the light of day and, whilst they had previously shown their penchant for the more delicate side of the heaviest of music, this was different. Paralysis Of Reason was start to end brutality, scarcely taking a breath, never mind ambling down a scenic soundscape. Nope, this was an EP which strove to make every single cell in your face sting, eschewing all notions otherwise.

Now, in 2023, Tides of Sulfur returned. Recorded in Wales in the summer of 2022, new album Apathy Chasm showcased the relentless power of this three-piece band, as they merged blackened sludge, black metal, death metal, and grind into an awe-inspiring sonic cataclysm. It took listeners on an emotional journey through the abyss of human consciousness. Channeling the darkest aspects of the human experience, the album explored themes of existential dread, inner turmoil, and the relentless search for meaning in an apathetic world. The band's seamless blend of blackened sludge, black metal, death metal, and grind created a monstrous sound that was as unique as it was punishing.

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