Pillars return from the dead with their debut full-length album entitled, Onward to Nothingness, the follow up to their 2017 EP, Pyres and Gallows. Onwards to Nothingness definitely shows the evolution of the band whose sound matured to a darker and heavier aesthetic. Fans of With the Dead, Bell Witch, and Doom Legends Moss, will certainly embrace this offering.
The album is out on September 28th 2018 via Seeing Red Records.
Providing a twisted, fuzzed and bleak doom sound, Onward to Nothingness is a record that threatens to unclip the safety line that keeps the mind tethered. From the slow, crusty rhythm of The Fearsome Path to the tripped out melancholy of Vultures to the soul-scouring horror of Pale Horse Rider, the first half of the album is an eye-opening listen.
Talking about horror…that is the word that comes to mind as the title track rings out. A harsh wall of eerie and disconcerting noise, it barely holds it all together to make a coherent track but it gets under the skin!
The Mourner then settles things down a bit with a hefty slice of doom heaviness that keeps the Pillars style of fuzzy and dark guitar heaviness at the forefront before Swarms From the Swamp turns it down to a deep and sludgy level. The bass and drums reverberate around the darkness alongside the gruff vocals. An epic finish that hits the 10-minute mark, it’s the icing on a doom-laden cake.
Pillars – Onward to Nothingness Full Track Listing:
1. The Fearsome Path
3. Pale Horse Rider
4. Onward to Nothingness
5. The Mourner
6. Swarms From the Swamp
Pillars - Onward to Nothingness (Seeing Red Records)
The Final Score - 7.5/10