It all comes together with such magnitude that it truly resonates deep within the listener as the raw power of Panzerfaust’s unparalleled capability is on full display for the very whole of the performance to quickly make it one of the most striking and impactful efforts that I’ve heard in some time with it being all but inevitable that this effort will be hailed as one of the year’s very best. I see no other possible outcome for “The Astral Drain”
It’s the sprawling dark, dissonant wall of dynamic and oppressive music that creates a terrifying metaphysical awareness that’s both entrancing and possessing. Chapter III: The Astral Drain is a masterpiece of epic proportions. It will stick with you long after hearing it and will hauntingly beg you to listen repeatedly.
The production is also well-handled, and fits the compositions like a glove. The sound is dark and claustrophobic, with the guitars having a healthy dose of reverb that’s being supported by a robust and always-present bass, and the drums are front and centre, with their crisp yet powerful sound pushing the music forward. Couple that with a great mix where you can tell everything apart at all times and you’ve got a stew going.