Brisbane’s Siberian Hell Sounds are a trio playing a brand of music that’s quite difficult to classify.
At its surface it’s a crusty, surly blend of grinding hardcore and nihilistic black metal. They create a weighted wall of sound that has the potential to both collapse upon and crush the listener with contempt.
Riffs howl and slash atonally, the drums create pounding and abyssal rhythms and the vocals both howl from below, and drag you down with them. Their particular approach to this blackened, crusty wall of noise, is aggressive, grim and full of hatred. Actually, I’d go as far as to substitute the word ‘hatred’ with ‘terror’. Their noise has the potential to weave the atmosphere created to the point you’d easily feel that you’re dwelling inside it, and breathing in its stench.
The five tracks that mark Svengali do not waste time. The shortest tracks barely scratch two minutes, and the longest is nearly five and a half. The release marks a focused, intense listen. It may not be long, but the length perfectly conveys their intent. The atmosphere that Svengali will leave lingering within your mind will last far longer; without overstaying its welcome. If Siberian Hell Sounds can remain this focused, intense and explosive, I’ve no doubt that future entries into their discography will be clawed with the same ferocity of intent.