Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Column Of Heaven - Ecstatically Embracing All That We Habitually Suppress (2011)

Column Of Heaven are a powerviolence band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formed in 2011 after The Endless Blockade broke-up - due to their guitarist's desire to move to Bermuda - Column Of Heaven essentially carry on in a very very similar path. But if you've never heard The Endless Blockade, the best I could describe that sound is very generally, "the serious side of powerviolence" - No Comment, Crossed Out, M.I.T.B. and the like, absolutely NONE of the goofy Charles Bronson or Spazz comedy routine shit that often gets wrongly labelled powerviolence. Proponents of well-utilized harsh noise and power electronics were/are incorporated, more so with purpose to complement certain parts of - as well as change - the overall listening experience.

Blockade were sometimes comparable, although far less frequently, to some as being a distance cousin of the "modern hardcore" that had more than two notes per record and weren't part of the whole bro / tough guy hXc crap; but rather, along the lines of Integrity, Left for Dead, Cursed or Haymaker. Additionally, some solid doom / sludge and black / death metal influences are more than easily detectable. Lyrically, both Blockade and C.O.H. have had a predominant focus on esoteric spirituality, with some abstracts ideas regarding society, history and culture - and I'll say it that generally because I'm nowhere near knowledge on the specific disciplines many of the concepts are lifted from, but needless to say, it's laden with an incredible degree of 'advanced ideologies' and you might consider visiting your local scholarly institution for a translation.

Column Of Heaven have not gigged often thus far, but they'll be doing playing around Canada - and possibly the US - come spring / summer of 2012, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Here's the very first - and now completely sold out - demo tape / 7", "Ecstatically Embracing All That We Habitually Suppress".

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