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T.O.M.E. - Announces Release Of Debut Album, Track Available For Streaming

Finnish black metal band T.O.M.E. announces the 4th of June as the international release date of their debut album I-III via Spread Evil Productions. A mysterious entity whose membership is rumoured to include veterans of the Finnish metal underground, T.O.M.E. are as beguiling as their likewise-mysterious acronymed moniker. Their chosen idiom is indeed black metal, but the iteration of such across the three-song/36-minute I-III is as twisted and treacherous as it comes. Heaving, hulking, and haunting, T.O.M.E.-the-band defy conventional definitions of "black metal".

While largely lumbering in its downtempo stomp, the crunchy canvas of I-III eventually reveals subtle-yet-nevertheless dramatic surges of energy and surprisingly catchy hooks that otherwise evade rote "catchiness". No, the dense and decidedly tense album builds and builds and builds, that tension simmering and eventually brought to a boil; there are no crowd-pleasing moments here even if the bulk of the band's attack is exceptionally headbanging at times. Listen to the 14 minutes long track "I" in the player below. Link