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Planning For Burial : Below The House

9.5

Planning For Burial’s recent release, Below The House, shows a notable refinement for one-man band Thom Wasluck’s spacious blackened slowcore. While at times there appears to be a return to previously used pacing and chord progressions, Below The House’s strength comes through reworking these sounds.
 
One of the album’s main strengths comes from Wasluck’s charting of new territory as he pushes outside of his drawn out wall-of-noise tracks and into more experimental turf. Warmth of You takes his signature downtrodden progressions and ominous sound to a post-punk song structure, and the payoff is spectacular. Higher tempo drumming and riff work with sad synths floating over the music changes the pace of the album while also encouraging a cheeky headbang. Closer Below The House experiments with a deeply unsettling two note bass riff, haunted by drawn out organ effects. Dull Knife pt. I and II bring Wasluck back to his element with soaring, cyclic riffs.
 
While at face value, Below the House can be applauded for its sense of mood and grit, tuning your ears to soak in the ambience and subtle percussion makes it worth the repeated listens. It’s Planning For Burial’s best and most polished release to date.
 
By Thomas Brand