Traumgeist's Devastating Debut Album
Augusta’s underground scene has encouraged the development of noisy and dark creations in the past, and pushed musicians to create some delightfully disturbing productions. Continuing on this pathway to madness,Traumgeist has pulled together something sinister, bringing out crust and noise punk with a black metal heart beat thriving beneath it. The band’s debut album, A Wicked Stupor, feels as if they’ve taken this style that once reigned in the Augusta area and advanced it, giving it a new potential. The album contains only a few songs, but each composition is a complex, winding musical maze. There are no simple verse-chorus-verse creations here, but instead, extended pieces containing hard-hitting movements with brief breaks that build the atmosphere and develop into a climatic onslaught of sound.
The title track of A Wicked Stupor is a standout, introducing a moment of despair followed by Emperor-style cacophony that further gets torn down into pure violent insanity. The song sounds as though it were dissected by a mad musical scientist, who then stitched the broken parts back together to create Frankenstein’s monster, setting it free to rampage across the countryside.
Each song on A Wicked Stupor flows into the next, and the record really feels like a cohesive body of work. With the album’s finale, “Womb Tomb”, Traumgeist delivers an 11-plus minute opus of dripping and dissonant guitar solos wrapped in dark miasma clouds of bass and drums, with disorienting screams acting as a conductor of the macabre journey.
All together, this album stands as an adventurous first release from the group that will satisfy any fan’s metal and crust lust, and sets up high anticipation for more to come in the future.
So get in on the ground floor with Traumgeist’s A Wicked Stupor, and be the first to sign over your soul.
A Wicked Stupor is available on Bandcamp.
Cover art by Clark DeLoach.