An interesting blackened death metal album, that competently plays with the two best elements of each genre – the heaviness and the ferocity of death metal, and the gloomy poetry and the somber infusion of Black Metal –, Cwealm, on his debut album Odes to No Hereafter, manages to build an interesting atmosphere of reluctant darkness and dissension, cohesively structured in the most indestructible basis of his artistic ambitions, unraveling ferocious harmonies in the process, that only for very brief moments gives breath to more wider, sparse and slow rhythms.
Sometimes playing with avant-garde elements, and giving great length to this own creativity, Cwealm managed to definitely give his own identity to this album, never limiting himself with the basic precepts of the genres he works with. A very audacious songwriter, the spirit of his compositions are aligned with the sensibilities and priorities of his artistic goals, upon which all of his songs emerge, with the core of their principles being dictated by lucid and immaterial harmonies, that converge altogether to a mosaic of spherical dreams that ascend to perpetuate the lines that forms the dome of his musical confluences.
Despite several qualities, the album does have some flaws. At some moments, you can’t avoid the disturbing sensation that you are listening to the same song over and over again, especially given the fact that several tracks are extremely direct, and basically very fast-forward. And, although the album is a little bit short, having only forty one minutes, you can’t avoid being bored at certain points.
In general, Odes to No Hereafter is a good album, capable of pleasing the most avid enthusiasts of the genre. Its strongest quality certainly relies on good, tempestuous and firmly vibrating lines of guitar that, although dilacerates the world for the most part, doesn’t renounce to its capacity to build, compose and consolidate very conspicuous and eviscerating melodies, that solidifies the strength of the album, for its entire run.
Although I haven’t found this album to be quite excellent, it certainly has its own charm, identity, significance and a peculiar claim to uniqueness. For everything else, who knows, Cwealm is a great possibility – and a curious promise –, within the underground scene.