A rather mysterious and unique style of music has been cropping up lately within the blackened underground. Combining the lofi and nostalgic aspects of dungeon synth with the pace and at times absurdity of black metal, to create what some are calling ‘keller synth’. Originally pioneered by Grollfried with their releases along side B.S.o.D. The synths in this case are the leading instrument driving the main force behind the music as well as electronic drums blasting away. Very rarely, if at all, will you hear a guitar on these tracks.
However, this new comer hailing from the Australian underground known mysteriously as Wëřšlüüğ Mëthëlmëžqhül channels their inner demonic slug with their debut release, Dřiňk Hiš Pöišöň’d Blüüt!! This is a unique album that I found my self completely captured by. Dizzying beats and synthesizers that sound manically sinister. To me this is a great example of this budding genre known as keller synth. With a light touch of black metal with harsh screeching vocals, though very minimal, and plenty of digital blast beats to go around. It really creates for something totally unique. I can’t say I’ve ever came across something quite like this.
There’s a nightmarish atmosphere that builds on this album. Somewhere in between a twisted carnival ride and a haunted copy of DOOM, this album almost left me feeling anxious at some parts. With very little rhyme or reason to this album there’s no predicting where this album is gonna take you. One moment you’re caught in a calming and gloomy synthesizer haze while the next you’re being assaulted by fast paced blast beats and manic screams. Really capturing the essence of a massive clump of green slugs eating away at your skin and mind, leaving its slimy mark on your psyche.
I won’t lie, I did find my self laughing with sheer amusement as I was listening to this album. There’s something about it that feels so outlandish yet fits perfectly in the blackened underground we all come to know. Personally I feel like Wëřšlüüğ Mëthëlmëžqhül is certainly ahead of their time. Even fans of dungeon synth and its ilk may find this album a little off putting at first, but an open mind will bring you into the warm, wet embrace of the snail.
As of now you can listen to this release and others on YOUTUBE but the mighty Goatowarex and the slug will join forces and release physical editions as well as other merch in the future. Be sure to keep an eye out for those.