GERSEY DEOFUL – The Barren Path – Demo 2021
I was lucky enough to get my filthy paws on the tape version of this wicked 3-track demo output by the US black metal outfit Gersey Deoful, and what we have here is essentially a raw, unpolished, and catchy slab of melancholy music where the emphasis is on strong melodies. What immediately appealed to me the first few times that I listened to the material was the fact that all three compositions are delivered with a prominent sense of conviction and passion to them while also evoking a thick atmosphere that reeks of loss and longing.
The sound is crude and captures the lo-fi aesthetics that one would probably associate with some of the releases that Gorgoroth and Forgotten Woods spewed forth back in the murky 90s, but "The Barren Path" is certainly not devoid of definition and you can easily hear all the instruments. My only real complaint is that the suitably harsh vocals are too low in the mix, but other than that I am thoroughly pleased with this one as it conjures up a bleak and windswept mood that seems to suit late September perfectly.
If you are on the lookout for some cool American black metal from the deepest pit of the underground, check out the group’s Bandcamp profile and download the demo there.