The Slovaks 0n0 were unknown to me until now, despite their activity is already consistent both in numbers and time. This 7″ comes after two full lengths and some other releases of lesser length and it is a good opportunity to get to know a band that tries to interpret the death doom matter, inserting massive doses of industrial going so to build two short but incisive monoliths of sound in which the two components converge in a satisfactory and quite fluid way. Cloaked Climax Concealed does not contain memorable melodic openings or a cadenced and enveloping riffing, but offers 10 minutes of austere and cold incommunicability, made the best by a good instrumental work and a production that avoids to appear an unintelligible jumble of sounds. The first track The Crown Unknown is definitely more stinging and square while in the second Hidden In The Trees melodic glimmers peep out in the end, thanks to a different use of voice compared to the corrosive growl offered so far. 0n0 are a band that deserves a retrospective study in the light of what is offered in this concise but interesting release.

2019 – Transcending Obscurity Records