Alluvial, the brainchild of guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless, Aegaeon), is back with a new single titled “Fogbelt,” and it’s safe to say that this track is as heavy and unsettling as it gets.
The single, released on August 12th, delivers a potent mix of technical prowess and sheer brutality. Opening with a thunderous riff and guttural vocals, “Fogbelt” immediately sets a menacing tone that persists throughout the entirety of the song. Hauch’s guitar work is nothing short of extraordinary, with intricate and dissonant melodies that add an eerie and otherworldly atmosphere to the track.
The rhythm section, consisting of drummer Matt Paulazzo and bassist Tim Walker, provides a solid foundation for the chaos unfolding on top. The relentless barrage of blast beats and crushing low-end rumbles further amplifies the relentless intensity of the music.
Lyrically, “Fogbelt” delves into themes of inner turmoil, addiction, and the struggle to find a way out of the darkness. The haunting and introspective lyrics are delivered with a visceral ferocity, adding an extra layer of emotional depth to the song.
In a recent interview, Hauch described the inspiration behind “Fogbelt,” stating, “The song is about the very darkest parts of the human condition. It’s about self-loathing and addiction, and the lyrics reflect that”. This raw and unapologetic approach to songwriting is evident in the blistering intensity of the music, making for a truly cathartic listening experience.
Alluvial’s “Fogbelt” marks a bold new chapter for the band, who have evolved their sound to new heights of aggression and complexity. The single is a testament to their unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of extreme metal, while also providing a deeply personal and introspective journey for the listener.
Fans of technical death metal and progressive metal will undoubtedly find something to sink their teeth into with “Fogbelt.” With its relentless intensity and thought-provoking lyrics, this single is a testament to Alluvial’s ability to craft music that is both sonically rich and emotionally resonant.
As we eagerly await the release of Alluvial’s upcoming album, “Sarcoma,” “Fogbelt” stands as a fierce and uncompromising teaser, leaving us hungry for more of the band’s unrelenting sonic assault. If this single is any indication of what’s to come, it’s safe to say that Alluvial is poised to make a significant impact on the metal scene with their forthcoming release.