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TERRA TENEBROSA The Tunnels [Review]

‘The Tunnels’ is the untamed, noisy, gloomy and depressed first work of this radical and vanguard noise band TERRA TENEBROSA from Stockholm, Sweden. The overall sound of the trio – a direct descendant of the widely appreciated BREACH, by the way – is based on the repetitive, monotonously clanking percussion, which makes for a aseptic industrial feel. Above that reside these weird, distorted vocal contributions, flanked by diverse down tuned stringed instruments, which grub in dissonant anti-harmonies, as well as harsh synths, that cut through the thicket of sound like bright rays of hope. All these sonic aspects merge in and with each other to form a threatening blackened mist, leaving the listener behind in a mixture of inconvenience, alienation and derangement. The metal and hardcore roots of the ensemble can only be detected as rudimentary basis elements, buried under nightmarish noise textures and wrapped in a pitch-black coat. Reminiscent in sound and aesthetics of the early work of NEUROSIS. An astounding album!

[audio:|titles=TERRA TENEBROSA Probing The Abyss (2011)]

“The Tunnels” was released in April 2011 by Swedish avant metal gourmet label Trust No One on CD. The 2LP version was developed in cooperation by Trust No One and the German Apocaplexy label.



  1. Kon

    February 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Yeah, it’s kind of strange how certain releases seem to stay under the radar of most people, only to get re-discovered a couple of years later with a lot of ballyhoo. This might be one of these albums.

  2. Fallen Empire

    February 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Great album, really under-appreciated last year. I have copies of the 2xLP in stock in the USA @

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