The nihilistic title of this album reflects well the depressive ambience that permeates it (see also the noose on the cover). The ascendancy of Swedish masters of depressive black metal Shining over Dood is something more than just a nuance, and this is particularly evident in the second song that is also the eponymous song on the album. However, Liberating Self-Destruction is a very good album, without being particularly original, and will not go unnoticed, especially for the intense and sincere atmosphere that imbues it. Too bad for the raw production; this album can be considered an example of how a non-optimal production can harm an album that is otherwise well made; with a better production, Liberating Self-Destruction could be much better. However, the best moments of the album are in my opinion the melancholic and evocative acoustic guitars on Liberating Self-Destruction and Ab Insidiis Diaboli.
In a nutshell, Liberating Self-Destruction is a very lovable album and I would recommend it especially to those who love depressive black metal.
Liberating Self-Destruction was self-released on August 27 2015 and can be downloaded at the price of 6.66 euros through the Bandcamp player below. Dood is the Dutch for ‘death’ or ‘dead’.
Gnoom - Drums
Ynzir - All Guitars
Drahcir – Vox
Text by Herjann