The title of the Australian Foothills‘ debut release is Ingress, an album under the banner of a sludge death doom played with conviction and awareness of their own means. With this EP, the guys from New South Wales have amply passed the test for their first recording approach demonstrating considerable competence in the subject matter, without disdaining a certain hardcore vein and using an interesting and not predictable vocal alternation, characterised by inlays of growl, scream and clean vocals, the latter of good quality in an area where those who try their hand at it often limp a bit. The four tracks are on average heavy and at the same time far from lacking in melodic cues that, in fact, draw their sap from hardcore rather than from the more airy death doom; the Foothills‘ sound is in fact rather square, with percussive work that supports a dry but sharp riffing. As mentioned, bassist Max Steel adequately disengages himself in the different vocal tones proposed while, as regards the personality exhibited throughout the work, if the first three songs are quite in line with the dictates of the sub-genres that converge in the style of the band, it should be noted that the final and longest Sulphur Titan shows variations on the theme that, a bit for the particular clean vocals, a bit for certain technicalities surfacing in the course of the track, refer in a more extreme sense something of Tool. All in all, Ingress proves to be the most appropriate way to enter a crowded scene, in which the Australian quartet presents itself with an attitude that is anything but shy or subordinate already with this first attempt.

2022 – Independent