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Album Review: Phuture Doom – Nightfall

Artist: Phuture Doom

Album: Nightfall

Number of Tracks: 10

Release Date: 15th October 2013

Label: OWSLA Records

The world of today comes with many doom-laden attributes. Fancy a glimpse into a world where these threats have come true? Then why not turn to the futuristically dystopian music of Phuture Doom.

Due to release their first full-length studio recording, Nightfall, on October 15th, the surreal Detroit-based band has hinted at the album’s content through the world’s most mystifying teaser trailer. Disorientating an experience though it is to watch it, Phuture Doom’s ability to use the unfamiliar and feared to induce emotional disturbance is a must-see. This effect takes hold through just a minute of video. God only knows what an entire album is going to be capable of!

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Looking at the Nightfall album in the more organised form of individual compositions, the aggression does not become any more diluted. Get past the generic haunting chanting of La Grande Messe Noir and you enter into the dark world of Burn the Knowledge. By the time you’ve got to just the fourth track, Han Breaks, you’ll have already experienced the most hypnotic combination of black metal and dystopian doom techno. Even at this point, the latter track is still delivering an underlying supernatural cadence throughout, which, when combined with the overlying computer beat, creates the feeling of being watch mixed with the urgency to escape it. For a general idea of the atmosphere of Nightfall, think ’1984′, blast it a few decades into the future and be ten times more concerned.

1. La Grande Messe Noire

2. Burn The Knowledge

3. Black Acid Reign

4. Han Breaks

5. March 100

6. Doom Terror Corps

7. Rites

8. Paradise Lost

9. Funeral Phuture

10. Exodvs

The first four tracks can be previewed in the form of the recent EP of the same name as Phuture Doom’s looming release. However, for a further look into the band’s core workings, you can check out the series of encoded messages on their social networking pages. The hacked look that the streams of code give the sites will certainly make you refresh the page thinking it hasn’t loaded properly. Although, of course, the effect is superficial, it’s a hard-hitting comment on our reliance on machines and how easily we can be set on edge when one appears to malfunction.

Despite it’s ability to prompt such heavy thought, I don’t know if Phuture Doom’s music will make as big an impact on an audience that hasn’t seen their album teaser compared to one that has. This video was my first form of exposure to the band and it instilled the emotions that were needed to fully appreciate their work. Without this forced preconception, however, it’s likely that Phuture Doom may struggle to stand out from their piers. With all their focus on social media, they are a band that you have to have put the time into researching to fully appreciate. However, Phuture Doom appears to have recognised this and their thorough embracing of the trait should see them build quite a stable following, come the 15th of October.

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Currently a 3rd year Journalism student at the University of the West of England. Real life just around the corner and getting excited about new Journalism opportunities! The more music involved, the better.

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