Making waves within the underground scene, Gulch is steadily rising to become this monumental crash that begins with this creeping atmospheric instrumental track. “Contemplate / Enact” is a subtle fade in-and-out of consciousness that is almost otherworldly. The track does not feel human as it slides into this foreboding monster with shrieks and wails of electrical failure which then transitions into “Flesh Pursuit.” Immediately there is a connection to power violence with these blast beats on the percussion and sudden grinds of guitar and a bass that kicks the listener through the wall. As the vocals become introduced, Burning Desire To Draw Last Breath is a spine busting suplex through break downs and short, but intricate tracks.
The release is six tracks which stem just barely over 13-minutes and that is quite honestly all that is needed for a formal presentation from Gulch. Their playstyle is often a constricting flow of airtight synchronicity and is more of an orchestrated chaos movement than anything of direct formation. Gulch appears more as an untamable creature that takes sudden dives as they explore these caverns of noise. Lyrically, they are destructive and care more about immolation which is described entirely through shouts and rage. “Ever present thoughts of suicide, looming urge of self-extermination. Hypnotism of the soul and mind, the body is a temple that is dammed to demolition,” is explained on their track “E.P.T.S.” which is a love-letter to dying and punishment.
When the end is finally in sight, Gulch lets the levees break in this collapse of crashing walls and burning palaces. It feels immensely evil and brings a smile to the face as the final crunch of bone lies underneath. With dirt being thrown on the casket, the closing of the grave means a new awakening for Gulch as another life seems closer than before.