Full Of Hell “Garden Of Burning Apparitions” Review

Full Of Hell
Garden Of Burning Apparitions
Relapse Records
Released: October 1, 2021

The chaotic beauty that we have come to expect from Full Of Hell shines bright on Gardens Of Burning Apparitions, as they continue to push the envelope of extremities.

Bedlam, complete disorder and confusion. Chaos sonically personified. In the world of physics, chaos is characterized as behavior so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions. Although that definition could be applied to Full Of Hell, and especially on their newest release, Gardens Of Burning Apparitions, it omits one key factor – as chaotic as they are; this isn’t haphazard, nor is it random. No, this is chaos controlled, by design. Terrifyingly destructive and akin to travelling past a car crash on the highway, it can’t be ignored. In short, Gardens Of Burning Apparitions, walks that fine line between insanity and genius.

The twelve tracks that form Gardens Of Burning Apparitions are varied yet connected through design. At their root, Full Of Hell are a grindcore band, yet there is so much more to them than that. That tired old cliché artists like to use, about how they can’t be lumped into any one category is normally a load of horse dung, used to attract listeners – but in this instance, if muttered, would be the truth. Melting down key ingredients from grindcore, death metal, punk and hardcore, power electronics, harsh noise and whatever else they chose to sprinkle in as spices, forged through fire to create aural insanity.  Perhaps most impressive is how they have found ways to continually do this with each release, and remain fresh and innovative each and every time.

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As harsh and punishing as the music of Full Of Hell is, their ability to construct complex soundscapes is astonishing. While not for everyone, this should certainly appeal to fans of the extreme or experimental.  On Gardens Of Burning Apparitions, there is a deep seeded level of characteristics; layer upon layer of small details, nuances, that formulate the big picture, so to speak. With each listen, the ear picks up on more and more of these minute details, and the experience gets more and more enjoyable too. I suppose you could say, for Full Of Hell, the devil is in the detail.

There is a good amount of variety throughout Gardens Of Burning Apparitions. On Derelict Satellite, we get pure harsh noise. A challenging, at times difficult listen. Urchin Thrones has a similar feel to the secular Human Remains album Using Sickness as a Hero. Then, on Reeking Tunnels, a new side to Full Of Hell appears. Still chaotic, but with guitar riffs that almost employ melody. Dissonance still takes the forefront, but there is more semblance to musical cohesion – for better or worse. Ending off with Celestial Hierarch, a track that flows with painful churning riffs, tormented screaming vocals and the trademark noisy dissonance, screeching to a halt with some nasty feedback. The perfect way to cap off the album. Gardens Of Burning Apparitions is as Full Of Hell is supposed to be, abrasive as fuck. Unrelenting. Challenging.

 “I think it’s good that we tried not to pigeonhole ourselves early on,” vocalist Dylan Walker reflects. “Because now, ten years in, we have the opportunity to make whatever record we want, within reason, and people will follow along.”

Pre-orders for Garden Of Burning Apparitions are available from Full Of Hell’s bandcamp page right this moment! Get you some!

For Fans Of: Merzbow, Soilent Green, Human Remains
Track Listing:

01. Guided Blight
02. Asphyxiant Blessing
03. Murmuring Foul Spring
04. Derelict Satellite
05. Burning Apparition
06. Eroding Shell
07. All Bells Ripping
08. Urchin Thrones
09. Industrial Messiah Complex
10. Reeking Tunnels
11. Non-Atomism
12. Celestial Hierarch

Author Rating

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Pros & Cons
  • Highly original compositions
  • Chaotic and bizarre
  • Progressive and aggressive
  • At times, uneasy listening
  • Short, at 21 minutes long