T.O.M.B are a band from Pennsylvania that has recently had an album reviewed in this zine and plays a mixture of occult black metal, ambient and noise and this is a review of their 2014 compilation album "Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy III" which was released by Todestrieb in 2014 and contains their 2008 and 2013 albums along with a bonus live ritual.
A very dark and distorted sound starts off the first album on this compilation before adding in elements of harsh noise and grim, high pitched black metal screams and on the second track guitars are added into the music and they bring in even more of a black metal sound to the bands musical style.
In the guitar parts you can hear a good mixture of slow, mid pace d and fast parts along with some blast beats and fast, raw tremolo picking and they also add in small amounts of melody at times and on the later tracks the take the black metal parts and mix them in with the dark ambient and harsh noise elements and the music also gets more ritualistic as the album progresses.
Once the compilation goes into the second album the music starts to get a lot more noise influenced and the music also follows a very ritualistic orientated concept as well as avoiding the black metal sound on the first album and on the last track they do a live 20 minute live ritual that starts out with some spoken word samples and you can also hear the noise sounds in the background which get even more powerful as the song progresses and they also add in some occult chanting and evil sounding organs as well as bringing back in some elements of black metal.
T.O.M.B covers a lot of ground with their music showing a very raw and evil side on their black metal material while the ambient and noise elements are very dark, ritualistic and occult sounding,, the production sound s very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Occultism, Demonology, Rituals and Left Hand Path themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from T.O.M.B and if you are a fan of occult black metal, dark ambient, harsh noise and ritualistic music, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Shaare Moth" "Fog Ritual" "Christening Of Demons' and "live Ritual". 8 out of 10.