Five years after the previous album, a gap filled only by the split album with Rorcal, Process Of Guilt are back to pour their load of negativity expressed through a post metal sludge that does not discount. On the occasion of the review of Faemin I ventured to say that the real problem for the Portuguese band would have been to go even beyond a similar level of quality and intensity: in some ways I think I hit the mark, because actually Black Earth does not exceed its predecessor, which appeared slightly less monolithic, but in a sense the band raises the bar further by taking to extremes its level of incommunicability. In Black Earth there is no room for melodic openings or sketches of song form: the vocal interpretation of Hugo Santos has now become the painful resentment of those who express their furious and desperate disgust, and if before this mood was dissolved in fleeting moments of respite, today is a blunt pain that nothing can soothe and even less erase. The obsessive repetitiveness of the riffs, taken to extremes in Feral Ground, creates a suffocating effect that is mitigated a minimum only in the final Hoax, if only for its slower rhythms; Black Earth is an album that has nothing captivating, but after each listen grows the desire to start again: after all, there is nothing more cathartic than anger to endure what every time seems a useless and unequal struggle of man with his own destiny, and Process Of Guilt are today among the most credible and effective singers of this state of mind.
2017 – Bleak Recordings