Reviewed: December 2021
Released: 2021, self-released
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
Becoming Immanence is the debut EP from the Peruvian black metal outfit Earthwomb and immanence has definitely been achieved by this 31-minute piece of truly impressive black metal talent the South American trio have concocted.
South America has its fair share of amazing bands, which is the case for any continent where religion dominates a huge section of society, creating an excess of wayward and angry creatives frustrated with the mundanities of life. Earthwomb is no exception, as these three men from Lima have had the courage to pick up their instruments and bash out some dark, impressive and gut-wrenching metal that is both atmospheric and brutal simultaneously.
Esoteric themes are explored from the word go with the longest track “Walkscapes” dealing with themes of creation and the ever-present anxieties of what lurks on the other side of life. The instrumentals of “Ulterior Revelation” also give off an occult vibe with their gloomy yet comforting pacing and edges.
My personal favourite track on this had to be “The Gathering” because of its precision blast beats. These made me realise just how serious this band were and they were not going to let anyone overlook the might of the Peruvian scene – of which my knowledge is limited, but I am sure they’ve produced some great bands over the years.
In short, this is a promising release from a very promising band, one who I think have the potential to lead their country in the world of black metal in the years to come. For those of you who like to collect metal from all four corners of the globe, add Earthwomb to your collection to cover the excellence of South America.