At the Heart of the World has emerged from the gloom of the Pacific Northwest to launch an all-out industrial assault against society. Their debut record, ROTTING FORMS, is a powerhouse of crushing riffs, raw synth tones, and the tortured cries of a soul displaced in this nightmarish modern world. Impossibly melding a simplicity of form with devastating sonic magnitude, ATHOTW’s minimalist philosophy only serves to amplify the intensity of their presence. Rotting Forms makes explicit promises to the listener and delivers on every one: purity of sound, clarity of message, and an unstoppable ferocity for every second of its runtime.
Veteran guitarist Danny Porter creates a landscape of crushing riffs, inescapable synth hooks and punishing digital beats akin to Godflesh and the early offerings of Mick Harris’s Scorn, while vocalist Joshua Green snarls out venomous incantations that are equal parts pain, hatred, frustration, and violence, in the vein of late 80s Ministry, or contemporaries like High-Functioning Flesh and Youth Code.
In short, Rotting Forms is the perfect embodiment of At The Heart Of The World’s Mantra… “Only Distortion is Real.”
released January 26, 2018
Produced & engineered by Derek Moree and Danny Porter
Mixed by Derek Moree
Recorded at The Boiler Room, Seattle WA
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege , Portland OR
Released digitally and physically by Glory Kid of North America (GKR042)
One of the best death inflected doom metal releases of the year, hands down. The atmosphere that Occlith sets is masterfully executed to fully envelope the listener under their crushing, powerful sound. If you're a fan of the subgenre, this is an essential LP. Camel