2012 has been more stressful than a motherfucker; probably one of the most all-around stressful years of my life. Buying a house + assorted family and work-related issues that I wouldn’t even dream of getting into here managed to turn the year into a goddamn pressure-cooker. I’m pretty sure the only things that kept me alive were my wife’s unwavering love (and limitless patience) and an avalanche of incredible music. In 2011 I was feeling pretty jaded and dissatisfied with the state of heavy metal, this year I found myself feeling better about things than I have in years. That isn’t to say there weren’t great albums released in 2011, there were, but in 2012 I felt like there was so much greatness that I couldn’t possibly keep up with it all.
Hot on the heels of Satanic Bloodspraying, another brief, brutal ‘n’ bad-ass chunk of metal has landed on my doorstep in the form of Holodomor’s self-released Témoignages de la Gnose Terrestre EP (henceforth referred to as TDLGT). Hailing from the UK but named after a genocidal man-made famine that swept the Ukraine from 1932 to 1933, these Englishmen bring the kind of musical pain that lives up to such a name across sixteen-odd minutes of pure massacre.