Upheaval of Unholy Darkness

by Set

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I like the texture--like crunchy peanut butter. There's this effect of a steady, smooth flow in the atmosphere and vocals that transcends time (or defies the metronome, but doesn't disrespect it) with pops and crunch in the percussion that come when you need them. And if you don't like crunchy peanut butter, you're nuts. Favorite track: Accursed Goathead Son.
Matthew Toye
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Matthew Toye I'm in complete agreement with other supporters that this is severely under appreciated. Set's only full length is an underground masterpiece of blasphemy and destruction. Favorite track: The Frozen Throne of Heaven.
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Silas Pummeling cavernous riffs. This album absolutely destroys and deserves much more recognition. Favorite track: The Frozen Throne of Heaven.
Michael Hojjatie
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Michael Hojjatie Dark blackdeath that really chills you to the bone. Apparently they're no longer around? Well that's tragic! Favorite track: The Frozen Throne of Heaven.
Al Necro
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Al Necro Underappreciated! Give Set a bonafide virgin whoracle for great work on this album. They deserve it!
Shaun Black
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Shaun Black Stumbled blindly upon this little bit of awesomeness completely by accident. Well worth my blundering
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In 2008, Set released a CDR demo entitled, “Dominus Profanum,” that, due to the limited quantity in which it was produced, initially failed to generate the interest that the recording deserved. For the initiated, however, it was immediately apparent that Set would soon be recognized as a powerful current within the U.S. Black Metal underground. Immediately upon hearing the demo, YK contacted the prolific C. Davis/Drathrul, well known for his work with bands such as Hour of 13, Anu, Profane Grace, Demoncy, and Subklinik, to name a few. To further spread the darkness evoked by the “Dominus Profanum” recording, NWN! released a cassette version of the demo. Despite the promising nature of the demo, Set would be unable to record a proper full-length until earlier this year when the band delivered its debut full-length recording, “Upheaval of Unholy Darkness.” The five-year interval between the two releases, though it left fans of the band disappointed, only sharpened the edges of Set’s sound, and the quality of this debut more than compensates for the delay in its arrival. Like Demoncy, a band with which Davis has been affiliated, Set creates an oppressive atmosphere while still maintaining a delivery that is incisive and violent—a balance rarely achieved as expertly as it is on “Upheaval of Unholy Darkness.” Set’s atmospheric sensibilities are informed, no doubt, by Davis’ noise and industrial work in Subklinik and Torturecide while Davis’ excellent songwriting and riff management skills are clear from the Metal portion of his superb and diverse résumé. The accretion of Davis’ myriad influences into a stylized yet traditional sound is impressive and culminates, here, in Set’s extraordinary debut LP.

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released September 18, 2013

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